Regulation & Policy In Brief

Regulation & Policy

- The South African telecoms regulator Icasa has opened a tender for two DVB-H mobile TV licences. The licences will initially offer frequencies covering major urban centres such as Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban and Cape Town, but additional regions will be opened up as the transition from analogue to digital broadcasting proceeds. Companies are required to hold an electronic communications or TV broadcasting licence in order to be eligible to bid in the tender, which closes at the end of February 2009.

- Presidential candidate for last week’s Sierra Leone Association of Journalists executive elections, Umaru Fofana has warned community authorities in Tombo to desist from arbitrarily closing down community radio stations, a release from his campaign team says. Meanwhile, the authorities are finding ways of ensuring the radio resume operation shortly.

- According to DRC’s Media TIC blog, Radio Television National Congolaise (RTNC) has suspended twelve radio and television journalists and technicians, claiming that they belonged to a mysterious subversive organisation. According to the ADG of RTNC Kipolongwa Mukambilwa the action was simply an administrative measure and he did not wish to talk to the press about it. Meanwhile the Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura,at the end of November condemned the killing of Didace Namujimbo of Radio Okapi in Bukavu. He welcomed the call of the Secretary-General of the United Nations for a full investigation of this crime.