Regulation & Policy In Brief:
- In Uganda, police detained Prosper Businge, Gerald Kankya, Joram Bitamanya, Stephen Rwagweri, William Gonza and Dan Rubombora in January 2008 after they participated in a talk show that the State claims was inciting the public against the government and some key local leaders. Prosecution says the accused appeared on Fort Portal-based Life FM and incited the people to rise up and oppose the government violently. Prosecution also says that the same people defamed the Queen Mother of Tooro Kingdom, Best Kemigisa. But before Grade I Magistrate Alex Mushabe, on August 12, prosecution was again unable to produce audio recordings and key witness Martin Abilu, the former western region Police Commander. Court could only make one more adjournment and set September 9 as the day to deliver the ruling.
- Gabonese Interior Minister, Jean Francois Ndongou, denied that his department had banned reporters at Paris-based Africa television channel, Africa 24, from the country, saying the reason why they had to leave was that their permit had expired.
- Liberia's Information Minister and Chairman of the Board of Director of the government owned Liberia Broadcasting System (LBS) Laurence Bropleh, has disclosed that the Assistant Director General for Rural Broadcasting Lewis Togba has been suspended for time indefinite for his unguarded statements made against the Board in regards to the employees of the entity.
- The Ghanaian Government will soon set up a four-member media committee to fashion out a Public Broadcasting Bill to be submitted to cabinet for consideration.
- It has been widely reported that an activist of the ruling Botswana Democratic Party has registered a complaint with the management of Gabz FM that his party president has been unfairly maligned in one radio programme.