REGULATION & POLICY

Regulation & Policy In Brief:

- In mid October 2009, a Japanese national, Takano Makoto (36), was been found guilty of working illegally in Namibia while having a holiday permit. Swakopmund Magistrate Hannelie Prinsloo on Wednesday sentenced Makoto to pay a fine of N$10 000 or spend 12 months in prison. He was scouting for film locations in Namibia, as well as investigating possible recruits for a film that would allegedly have been produced in this country. A camera and long lens were confiscated but he had not apparently done any filming or employed anyone in Namibia for the planned film.

- With a view to informing the public of the Radio and Television air-time allotted to political parties' and independent lists' candidates during the campaign for the 2009 legislative elections, the National Presidential and Legislative Elections Observatory released, on Saturday, a communiqué in which it makes known the air-time allotted to each list taking part in the campaign.

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- In Switzerland, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced cooperation with Egypt on intellectal property rights and protection. Under the technical leadership of "la direction technique de l’Institut fédéral de la propriété intellectuelle" (IPI), 140 businessmen met up over a workshop dedicated to intellectal property.

- The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) is concerned about the shutdown of two media houses in Baidoa by Al-Shabaab administration. The closure of Warsan Radio and Jubba Radio comes after the Al-Shabab administration in Bay iyo Bakool regions issued today (21 October 2009) a decree ordering the closure of the radio stations for indefinite time.

- REFRAM, "Réseau des instances francophones de régulation des médias" has plans to post a new dedicated website. Its mission is to exchange best practices and regulations and its permanant secretary is CSA, the French media regulator.

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