Regulation & Policy - In Brief

Regulation & Policy

- A proposal in the draft Media Bill that gives the Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority (RURA) the mandate to regulate the media sector has prompted a heated debate over the agency's capacity to carry out the additional duties.

- An Ethiopia court sentenced two Swedish journalists to 11 years of imprisonment on Tuesday for allegedly backing a banned rebel group and illegally entering the country.

- The arrest of Media Monitoring Project of Zimbabwe (MMPZ) officials has ignited renewed fears of a media crackdown by state security agents on civil society and journalists as the country braces for an election next year or in 2013.

- Preliminary investigations into the theft of the Uganda Broadcasting Corporation (UBC) equipment have revealed that the transmitter that was recently recovered from a minister's radio station in Masindi left the UBC stores on August 6, 2010. The minister for the Presidency, Kabakumba Masiko, has broken the silence as controversy continues to swirl over allegations that she stole a mast and transmitter from the national broadcaster, UBC.

- In Dec. 2011, the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) reinstated Hitjevi Tjihuiko, a senior television news reporter, who was shown the door for allegedly failing to submit a news story.