Regulation & Policy - In Brief

Regulation & Policy

- The Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) warned viewers who have not paid their television licences yet that they should pay up or face stiff penalties.

- In South Sudan, the minister for Information in the Upper Nile State, Peter Lam Both has urged the central government to strengthen communications systems in the state.

- On 21.10.2011 and within the framework of UNESCO’s action to promote freedom of information and access to public domain information, the UNESCO Rabat Office, in partnerships with Transparency Morocco, held a conference on 20 October 2011 on freedom of information (FOI) in Morocco. The conference brought together representatives from civil society groups, media organizations, governmental representatives, cooperation agencies and international organizations to assess the progress made in Morocco for the recognition of the freedom of information right and to discuss future steps for its effective implementation.

- Reporters Without Borders wrote to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in Liberia about closure of media, violence against journalists voicing concern about the fact that the second round of the presidential election a week ago was marred by the suspension of four opposition media and by violence against journalists covering clashes between police and demonstrators.

- The Law Association of Zambia (LAZ) has decided not to take legal action against Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC) for breaching the ZNBC Act in the run-up to the September 20 general elections.