Regulation and Policy News - In Brief

Regulation & Policy

- Questions have been raised about the South African telecommunications
and IT regulator’s complicity in allowing Global Web Intact (GWI) and
Screamer to lease spectrum, apparently illegally, from Sentech. (Source: Mail & Guardian).

- Several media have relayed the information that three journalists from private radio station RPP in Burundi have been prosecuted following a complaint from the mayor of the capital. Journalists Domitille Kiramvu, Raymond Zirampaye and Niyongere Bonfils from private radio RPP (Radio Publique Africaine) appeared Thursday before the public prosecutor in Bujumbura in a case involving the mayor, Mr. Evrard Giswaswa. The three journalists were released and will appear at a later date which was not specified. Their lawyers were ordered not to talk to the press.

- In Uganda, in what appears to be a well-timed give and take response to the Buganda question, President Museveni ordered for the immediate re-opening of the Kingdom's radio - CBS - unconditionally. It has resumed full programming since it was shut down 13 months ago. The station which was switched back on air on October 23 following a presidential directive has been only playing music, reading announcements and news.

-The latest Reporters Without Borders 2010 World Press Freedom Index gives Namibia the top spot in Africa. The country ranks 21, “ex-aequo” with Canada. Cape verde, Mali and Ghana are not far with the 26th position; Scandinavian countries and Switzerland are at the top of the list, whereas Eritrea is at the bottom.

- More than 400 organizations and 10,000 individuals in South Africa have banded together in a campaign against a proposed law that would severely curtail the media freedoms guaranteed in the country's constitution.