It is no longer business as usual, but there is a future for print in Africa, yet...
Journalists Union of Malawi (JUMA) has partnered with Transparency International (TI) to conduct a week-long 'Reporting Corruption Training Course for Malawian Journalists' to be held in Malawi on 12-16 March 2012.
Gregory Gondwe: @Kalipochi 16 Feb 2012
In a report released by the Civic and Political Space Platform (CPSP), a group of civil society organisations in Malawi, it was established that the media in Malawi has had positive growth over the last two years, despite numerous challenges which almost derailed its progress.
Gregory Gondwe: @Kalipochi 2 Feb 2012
Malawian journalists are considering whether or not to boycott president Bingu wa Mutharika's organised press conferences, called 'Press Rallies', since it is done in the presence of political party cohorts who heckle journalists whenever they ask questions.
Gregory Gondwe: @Kalipochi 23 Jan 2012
Government has backtracked on a piece of legislation that was repressive to the media, after it was amended to give power to the information minister to ban any material should the minister deem it harmful to the public.
Gregory Gondwe: @Kalipochi 8 Dec 2011
Around twenty journalists completed a daylong training course in Lilongwe, Malawi on Friday 11 November 2011, where they learnt skills to turn data and numbers into news stories. The training, funded by the Hewlett Foundation through the Population Reference Bureau (PRB), enables journalists to use research and data to find and strengthen stories.
Gregory Gondwe: @Kalipochi 14 Nov 2011
The year 2011, while still not yet finished, could easily pass as the worst for the Malawi media which continue to suffer police persecution.
Gregory Gondwe 14 Oct 2011
Fresh Living, the food magazine on South African shelves, continues to expand on its African footprint as it goes on sale this month in Mauritius.
10 Oct 2011
A meeting of senior media gurus from five African countries, took place on Saturday 17 September 2011 at the Highway Africa Conference in Cape Town, South Africa, agreed to disagree on whether the media needs to be bed fellows with civil society to achieve either parts' objectives or not.
Gregory Gondwe 19 Sep 2011
The Malawi Chapter of the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA-Malawi), on Saturday 10 September 2011, elected a new National Governing Council (NGC) amidst protest from members who were against some proposed changes suggested by the body's headquarters in Windhoek, Namibia.
Gregory Gondwe 13 Sep 2011
The month of August seemed to have casted a bad spell on Malawi media as on the day that state broadcaster, the Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) retained over 400 employees out of over 700, Malawi's oldest newspaper company, the Blantyre Newspapers Limited (BNL) fired 44 employees.
Gregory Gondwe 1 Sep 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
WASHINGTON: The number of people worldwide with access to free and independent media declined to its lowest level in over a decade, according a Freedom House study released yesterday, 2 May 2011. The report, Freedom of the Press 2011: A global survey of media independence, found that a number of key countries experienced significant declines, producing a global landscape in which only one in six people live in countries with a press that is designated Free.
3 May 2011
Although the World Press Freedom Day Commemoration falls on 3 May every year, Malawi media started commemorating the day on 23 April 2011.
Gregory Gondwe 26 Apr 2011
As concern mounts over the fate of Anton Hammerl, a South African photographer missing in Libya alongside two US journalists and one Spanish photographer, the Presidency said yesterday, Wednesday, 20 April 2011, that President Jacob Zuma has been briefed on the attempts made by the SA mission in Libya to locate Hammerl. Reports from Washington DC also suggest that the White House is very concerned about their well-being and it is trying hard to assist them in any way it can.
Issa Sikiti da Silva 21 Apr 2011
Barely a week after finance Minister Ken Kandodo announced that Malawi's major donors are withholding more than US$400 million in aid in protest over government's repressive media laws and bad governance, a grouping of donors under the Common Approach to Budgetary Support (CABS) have also sent a warning shot over the same issue.
Gregory Gondwe 25 Mar 2011
The fundamental reason that many African governments ban and harass the media has more to do with personal connotations than other issues, Kenya's Henry Maina, director of Article 19 Eastern Africa, told delegates at the two-day Regulations and Rights media conference last week in Johannesburg.
Issa Sikiti da Silva 16 Mar 2011
There is some substantiated regulation of what the media can do and what it cannot do, but the balance must be struck between what the law has prescribed and freedom of expression, Prof Dario Milo, Wits University media law visiting professor and Webber & Wentzel partner, said last week in Johannesburg at the two-day Regulations and Rights media conference.
Issa Sikiti da Silva 15 Mar 2011
As governments across the African continent come under increasing pressure from critical media, 'vulture' ruling parties believe the only way to deal with this 'surrogate opposition' is to regulate it through statutory mechanisms that will eventually dent its wayward reporting. But some African voices of reason, such as Zambia's Fred M'membe, argue that the restriction of good media never produces good media.
Issa Sikiti da Silva 14 Mar 2011
Due to the lack of a strong and united political opposition, the media in Africa, at least those that are critical of government policies, becomes a powerful force called a surrogate opposition, Prof Tawana Kupe, dean of faculty of humanities at Wits University, said this week in Johannesburg.
Issa Sikiti da Silva 11 Mar 2011
Until 1992, journalists and editors in Ghana, and the independent media in general, have suffered a lot at the hands of undemocratic regimes, which cracked down on critical reporting and imposed strict restrictions limiting media freedom. As a new, liberal constitution was being written in 1992, media activists came out guns blazing, demanding that media suffering end and reporting become free. [view twitterfall]
Issa Sikiti da Silva 10 Mar 2011
As the independent media in Africa is engaged in a fierce battle against repressive and not-so-democratic governments keen to sweep their corrupt wrongdoings under the carpet, the issue of self-regulation has become almost like a daily bread in many parts of the continent. [view twitterfall]
Issa Sikiti da Silva 10 Mar 2011
The Dag Hammarskjöld Scholarship Fund for Journalists is now accepting applications from professional journalists from developing countries for its 2011 Fellowship Program. The application deadline is 6 April 2011.
Carole Kimutai 10 Mar 2011
The right of access to information is being hampered in many parts of the world, especially in Africa, by government officials wary of journalists' desire to 'embarrass' them, and the state's 'insincere' reason of hiding behind the issue of national security. This emerged today, Wednesday, 9 March 2011, at the Regulations and Rights media conference at Wits University in Johannesburg. [view twitterfall]
Issa Sikiti da Silva 9 Mar 2011
President Bingu wa Mutharika, through his office of the president and cabinet, has defended the amendment of Section 46 of the Penal Code. Media practitioners however, are demanding its repeal. Since 25 February 2011 to date, the president's office has been running a full paged advert where it has detailed facts which justify the endorsement of the new law that President Mutharika assented to early last month.
Gregory Gondwe 2 Mar 2011
Government officials on Saturday, 12 February 2011 signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Malawi media after the recent stand-off that was prompted by a newly passed repressive media law. The signing ceremony, which took place in the boardroom of the Malawi Communication Regulatory Authority (MACRA), was initiated by government which deemed it important to call for a meeting with the media to iron out the misunderstandings.
Gregory Gondwe 15 Feb 2011
Malawi's newly launched Times Lifestyle magazine says it is having difficulty reaching its targeted audience. The magazine's editor Otuli Munlo told Bizcommunity that this is not made easy with its core target audience already devoted to international magazines.
Gregory Gondwe 16 Nov 2010