Community radio: game-changers on Africa's media landscape
The transformation of state broadcasters into public broadcasters as envisaged by the African Charter on Broadcasting has failed...
Can the rise of private media in Africa scale back the dominance of state-owned media on the continent?
All too often, declarations remain simply pieces of paper filed away and forgotten. But the impact of the Windhoek Declaration is still being felt today...
'We had big dreams': a look back at the birth of the Windhoek Declaration...
The future of news likely lies with mobile phones, data and drone journalism...
Today, 3 May, is World Press Freedom Day and the 25-year anniversary of the Windhoek Declaration on media freedom in Africa...
A Portuguese branch of the Anonymous hacking collective says it has shut down about 20 Angolan government websites in retaliation for the jailing of 17 youth activists for plotting "rebellion"...
1 Apr 2016
The International Press Institute (IPI) today condemned the suspended six-month prison sentence given to Angolan journalist Rafael Marques de Morais over his book outlining human rights abuses connected with the country's diamond mining industry...
Elena Pramesberger 1 Jun 2015
Entries to the 2015 South African Chapter of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Media Awards competition are officially open...
28 Jan 2015
An Angolan court handed an opposition journalist a fine and suspended six-month prison sentence Friday after he broadcast screams coming from a police station live over the radio station for which he works.
12 Feb 2014
The African Media Leaders Forum in Addis Ababa last week ended on a weak note: Politicians want the media to generate a new, positive African narrative.
Anton Harber 15 Nov 2013
NEWSWATCH: There's good and bad news out of Angola: Mail & Guardian reports that an Angolan journalist has won a top award recognising his fight against graft and human rights abuses, and speaking of the latter... a 17-year-old has been imprisoned for allegedly insulting the country's president.
Rod Baker 8 Nov 2013
Angola's attorney-general should immediately drop all criminal defamation charges against an investigative journalist, Rafael Marques de Morais, because they undermine free expression rights, Human Rights Watch said on 12 August 2013. The Angolan government should repeal the country's criminal defamation laws - the basis for the charges.
15 Aug 2013
WASHINGTON, US: The International Women's Media Foundation (IWMF) is seeking nominations for its 2013 Courage in Journalism Awards and Lifetime Achievement Award.
22 Feb 2013
Barely three weeks after an Angolan judge thought to be a member of the ruling MPLA (People's Movement for the Liberation of Angola - Labour Party) handed down a two year-suspended sentence to a journalist and fined him US$105 000 (about R840 000), another Angolan journalist is being threatened with harm and possibly death by armed gunmen believed to be working for the government.
Issa Sikiti da Silva: @sikitimedia 1 Nov 2011
Africa's second biggest oil producer, Angola, is in turmoil - a real turmoil for the first time since the war ended in 2002. Analysts believe last weekend's anti-government protest in Luanda was a clear sign that over 80% of Angolans were tired of living in extreme poverty, while the MPLA elite and their cronies - led by veteran president Jose Eduardo dos Santos - continue to enrich themselves. And journalists paid a heavy price of that turmoil.
Issa Sikiti da Silva: @sikitimedia 8 Sep 2011
The events and developments of the past six months in Africa have demonstrated that the rise of social media has not only revolutionised the business environment, but also redefined the political scene by shaking the foundation of dictatorship, lack of service delivery and corruption for the first time since the dawn of independences.
Issa Sikiti da Silva: @sikitimedia 5 Jul 2011
"African people - like me - are completely disillusioned with the performance of their leaders because of what they have done and what they are doing, and for me these people should not be called leaders, but rather the elite," Moeletsi Mbeki, brother of former South African president Thabo Mbeki and chairman of the SA Institute of International Affairs, said, speaking at the CNN-MultiChoice media forum currently taking place in Bryanston, Johannesburg, on Friday, 24 June 2011.
Issa Sikiti da Silva: @sikitimedia 24 Jun 2011
Yesterday, Tuesday, 3 May 2011, was the 20th anniversary of World Press Freedom Day, begun in Namibia as the Declaration of Windhoek, a statement of principles calling for a free, independent and pluralistic media throughout the world. Celebrations around the world were tempered with concerns about the erosion of press freedom and in South Africa, SANEF called on Government to review its proposed legislations that has seen SA downgrade from 'free press' to 'partly free'.
4 May 2011