Regulation & Policy In Brief

Regulation & Policy

- On 8 May 2008, Unity Radio, a station run by Sierra Leone People's Party (SLPP), was shut down on the orders of the Minister of Information and Communication, Alhaji Ibrahim Ben Kargbo.

- Reporters Without Borders has voiced concern about legal action against Nader Gohar, owner of the Egyptian TV news agency Cairo News Company (CNC), who was charged on 5 May 2008 with unlicensed broadcasting of food riots in the north of the country on 6 April

- Deputy Minister of Communications Roy Padayachee has asked South African consumers wishing to purchase a television set to beware of cheap deals on analogue TVs, as government begins the migration to digital broadcasting.Discussions with potential manufacturers of set-top boxes are under way and government is eager to utilise the move to digital broadcasting by complementing it with the provision of government services.Consumers wishing to purchase a new television set should buy sets that are already digitally-ready, said Padayachee.This would circumvent the need to purchase a set-top box, which could each range anywhere from R400 to R500 upwards.

- The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) condemned the recent arrest of Director of Somali Broadcasting Corporation (SBC) Mowlid Haji Abdi by the police of Puntland Regional State in north-eastern Somalia