Regulation & Policy - In Brief

Regulation & Policy

- The Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (Macra) on Monday 16 January 2012 summoned a privately owned radio station for disciplinary hearing for allegedly broadcasting a programme critical of president Bingu wa Mutharika's administration.

- 27/1/2012: It had been the talk of town for weeks but finally last weekend the Wananchi Group added Zuku to the list of pay TV providers in Tanzania.

- South Africa on 19 January 2012: The Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) has responded to the Communications Workers Union’s planned strike action, which is expected to start on Friday, by warning that although it respects the right of its employees to strike those that do so will not be paid while they’re not at work. Icasa employees set to embark on indefinite strike action after negotiations over pay and benefits reached a deadlock earlier this month.

- Tunisia: Haythem El Mekki, a famous Tunisian journalist and active blogger, is likely to be officially suspended from the 1st Tunisian National channel, El Watanya I. El Mekki runs a TV show that features humorous commentary on current political highlights. According to Business News, Sadok Bouabène, the director of the National Channel, said "It was a personal decision I made in regard to El Mekki. He [El Mekki] had promised the former director that he would abide by the rules of neutrality, but he did not stop making explicit allusions to his political ideologies."

- Sudan: The Minister of Information, Engineer Abdalla Ali Massar, has affirmed the commitment of his ministry to enhance the laws organizing the media and press work and to unite the policies for building a strong Sudanese media system.