Regulation & Policy - In Brief

Regulation & Policy

- Nigeria, Kano — The Police in Kano state have detained three staff of Wazobia FM, investigating the contents of a programme they aired last week. Trouble started after the station aired a programme on alleged fraud in the polio vaccination exercise a few days before the attack on vaccination workers in two local government areas, leading to the death of 9 of them.

-In France, SACEM is negotiating with YouTube for its renewal contract expired on 31 December 2012. In this context, a subsidiary of Google decided in mid-January to delete the dissemination of advertising videos, which sits on the remuneration of authors, composers and publishers.  SACEM also concluded on 26 January, an agreement with the online music service yala.fm and Yala Mobile which offers free access to Arabic music (1 million downloads on mobile) which will be able to offer its service to users of the MENA countries (Middle East North Africa). Full story

- Gide Loyrette Nouel a leading international law firm, founded in Paris in 1920 is currently helping update regulatory frameworks and broadcast/communication laws across several African countries. The law firm has offices in Algiers, Casablanca, Tunis, and partners across the continent. Among other projects, in January 2012, Rémy Fekete provided counsel to the Republic of Guinea government for access to ACE submarine cable.

- A Cairo court ordered the government to block access to the video-sharing Web site YouTube for 30 days for carrying an anti-Islam film that set off deadly riots last year, but the ruling can be appealed and, based on precedent, may not be enforced. Full story on www.nytimes.com.