Regulation & Policy - In Brief
Tanzania: The government is considering legal action against dealers of alternative medicine and television stations that advertise unregistered and unauthorised traditional herbs. Full story here.
Al Jazeera Media Network has submitted an official notification of dispute to the interim Egyptian government. Al Jazeera has estimated losses of more than $150 million. As per the Bilateral Treaty, if no amicable settlement between Al Jazeera and the Egyptian authorities has been reached within six months, Al Jazeera will take the case to international arbitration. Al Jazeera has been subjected to a sustained campaign of harassment, intimidation and jamming of its transmission, with Egyptian security forces raiding its offices, shutting it down and confiscating its equipment in addition to attacking its reputation. Four Al Jazeera staff members have been detained in Egyptian jails.
As South Africa inches slowly towards migrating from analogue to digital terrestrial television, communications regulator Icasa has provisionally granted licences to five new pay-TV operators following an exhaustive hearings process that took place in 2013. The companies provisionally granted licences are Close-T Broadcast Network Holdings, Siyaya, Kagiso TV, Mindset Media Enterprises and Mobile TV, TechCentral has established. Full story here