Regulation and Policy News - In Brief

Regulation & Policy

- Rwanda's High Commissioner to Uganda, Frank Mugambage, has cautioned the regional media against using their profession to mislead the public by creating and publishing or broadcasting conspiracy theories. In an interview with The New Times in Kampala, Mugambage urged the media to be professional when reporting, as a way of promoting transparency to benefit the public.

- Angola’s Mass Media Ministry intends to restructure the programming of public audiovisual companies, aiming to include programmes with more educational and didactic contents. The information was given Friday to ANGOP, in Luanda, by the deputy minister of Mass Media, Manuel Miguel de Carvalho "Wadijimbi", who explained that this move is intended to answer to public interest and also to improve the programming of public media organs.

- In Zimbabwe, Reporters Without Borders calls for the withdrawal of bill which is about to be submitted to parliament and which would allow the authorities to block public access to official documents including judicial decisions, new legislation and public records. Announced on 22 October and called the “General Law Amendment Bill,” the proposed law’s sole aim seems to be to place additional obstacles in the way of access to information and thereby hamper the work of the media even more.

- The Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation is demanding US$10 million from The Standard newspaper for a story in which the publication claimed the national broadcaster was collapsing.