Regulatory & Policy In Brief:

Regulation & Policy

- In Niger, the International Federation of Journalists has asked the President Mamadou Tandja to free two journalists accused of acting against the law because of their coverage of the Touareg rebellion in the country.

- The Senegalese Council of National Regulation of the Audiovisual Sector has announced in a press conference that it intends to better regulate the advertising activities in the local media (TV, radio and press). Misleading advertisers will be prosecuted and media which broadcast/publish them will be asked to remove them.

- The International Freedom of Expression Exchange Clearing House has expressed again concerns about the attempt to limit the freedom of speech of the Tunisian press. High profile journalists are regularly prosecuted on false accusations or forbidden to travel abroad.

Annual AFDA School of Motion Picture Film Festival

November 30th and December 1st 2007 – Cape Town, South Africa

Input 2007 Awards

May 2008

Joburg has been awarded the bid to host the International Public Television (INPUT) organisation’s annual showcase – considered to be the World Cup of the TV industry – and the preliminary events kick off next week. A series of mini Input’s are being staged around Africa in the lead-up to the international screening conference in May next year, the biggest global TV Extravaganza on our Continent ever. And, from November 2nd to 4th 2007 the Host Broadcaster, the South African Broadcast Corporation (SABC), and the Goethe Institute will bring the crème de la crème of the current travelling Input collection to Johannesburg.

29th Durban International Film Festival

23rd July-3rd August 2008 – Durban, South Africa

Jeff Koinange, who reportedly left CNN under a cloud, is being promoted as one of its attractions by K24, Kenya’s new 24 hour news channel

Although Somalia’s Shabelle radio is still off-air, it has appointed veteran staffer Muktar Mohamed Hirabe as its new Director. Hirabe said he was pleased to be offered the post but warned that it was a great responsibility. It is the eighth time the Government has closed the radio station.

Africa: Radio scriptwriting competition to cope with climate change

The Developing Countries Farm Radio Network (DCFRN) and the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) are launching a scriptwriting competition entitled African Farmers’ Strategies for Coping with Climate Change. The competition is open to African radio organizations, including broadcasters, production organizations, NGOs with a radio project, farmers’ associations with a radio show, etc.

Competitors are invited to submit a radio script on one of the following themes related to local adaptation to climate change:

* Water and soil management;

* Cropping strategies emphasizing drought-resistant plants;

* Livestock management practices;

* Fisheries and Agroforestry;

* Other (for original topics related to coping with climate change and not listed above).

To assist radio practitioners with producing the radio scripts, a climate change resource kit and a guide to writing radio scripts will be prepared and distributed to interested African radio practitioners. Professional coaching and mentoring on scriptwriting will be provided to participants throughout the process. This coaching will be made available through the special website that has been created for this competition: http://scriptcompetition.net. Entries must be received no later than March 15, 2008.

The scripts will be reviewed by an international panel of judges. The top 15 entries will receive high quality digital audio recorders. The winners will be announced in May 2008 and will be profiled on the competition website. The winning scripts will be published and distributed by CTA and DCFRN. All entrants will receive feedback on their scripts.

UNESCO and CTA collaborate for the development of capacities in the domain of information, including within the framework of the FAO partnership for the Information Management Resource Kit.