Regulation and Policy News: In Brief

Regulation & Policy

- In Guinea, the Government has passed two new media laws.The country’s military leader, Gen. Sékouba Konaté issued these laws on 22 June 2010, one decriminalising press offences and the other creating a new media regulatory body. “The new laws reorganising the media sector and protecting journalists from prison sentences are excellent news for Guinea’s media workers,” Reporters Without Borders said. Law L2010-003 CNT of 22 June creates the new media regulatory body, the Communication Supreme Authority (HAC). It will have 11 members, two more than the Communication National Council (CNC), which it replaces.

- The Algerian government is still working on digital terrestrial television (DTT), and its telecoms arm, Algerie Telecom (AT) is investing in IPTV and VoD.  As part of its e-Algeria strategy in 2013 on the emerging information society, intends to increase the number of broadband Internet services, which currently stands at 400,000 to 1,300,000 at the end of the year 2010, reaching in the next five years, six million Internet users.

- A new media bill that will liberalize the airwaves and insulate the state-owned media in Mauritania from governmental control was adopted by the country's National Assembly on July 2, 2010. According to Hamdi Ould Mahjoub, the country's Communication and Parliamentary Affairs minister, when the law comes into force it would not only liberalize the electronic media but also eliminate the monopoly of the state over public media. The bill is expected to become law in about ten months.