Regulation & Police - In Brief

Regulation & Policy

- Reporters Without Borders roundly condemns the beating that radio presenter Abdoul Malick Ali Maïga received from jihadists in the northern city of Gao on 5 August after commenting on the fact that protesting residents had prevented them from amputating an accused thief’s hand that morning…Adar Koima journalist Oumarou Mohamed Lamine told Reporters Without Borders that the station is now off the air. "We are waiting for our colleague to recover and then we will reopen the radio station, perhaps at the weekend," he said. "The suspension of broadcasting is just a temporary decision." On the media situation in Gao, Lamine said: "Of the six radio stations that used to broadcast in Gao, ours is the only one still operating. The population needs us in order to be able to have information about what is happening in the city. We are afraid that [the Islamists] will come back, but we will keep going."

- The head of the Ettounsiya TV channel, producer of a satirical political program suspended in Tunisia, was jailed after denouncing an attack on freedom of expression, while the government led by Islamists is accused of putting pressure on media. "Sami (Fehri) just surrendered to the Attorney General," Me Sonia Dahmani told AFP, then stating that her client had been imprisoned in Mornaguia, 30 km west of Tunis. "I see that my client was thrown into prison without the defense being aware of the file or the application of the indictment," said another lawyer, Mr. Abdelaziz Essid, who said he had filed a appeal against the detention. On August 24th Tunisian justice ordered the provisional detention of Mr. Fehri in a corruption case dating back to the era of ousted President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. He risks ten years in prison.

- The September 1 deadline to switch off analogue TV signals and migrate Nairobi to digital transmission has been pushed to the end of December in order to give the private sector and government stakeholders more time to organise the switch. According to the Ministry of Information and Communications Director of Administration Bruce Madete, 50 percent of Kenyan households have made the switch to digital and they are aiming to convert 80 percent of total homes in Kenya by the beginning of 2013.