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SAARF PAMRO Conference for Africa Diplomat
SAARF PAMRO Conference for Africa Diplomat

By bringing together the media research industry across African borders, the Pan African Media Research Organisation (PAMRO) aims to produce harmonised, compatible and comprehensive audience measurement data for the entire continent. By promoting media research in Africa, PAMRO aims to assist in uncovering the opportunities that exist for growth and development in all African countries. One of PAMRO's key vehicles for bringing people together from around the continent is its annual conference, the PAMRO All Africa Media Research Conference.

15 Jun 2012

NUSOJ protests arrest of two radio journalists in central Somalia

The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) strongly protested yesterday, 12 June 2012, the arrest and detention of two radio journalists in central Somalia.

13 Jun 2012

APO launches new website
APO launches new website

The African Press Organisation (APO), a press release wire in Africa, and global media relations related to Africa, on Friday, 8 June 2012, unveiled its new website,

11 Jun 2012

Groups welcome journalist's release, call for compensation

The Human Rights Network for Journalists-Uganda (HRNJ-Uganda) and Media Legal Defence Initiative (MLDI) welcome the acquittal of Mega FM journalist, Patrick Otim and 14 others, by the High Court of Uganda of charges of treason and concealment of treason.

4 Jun 2012

CNN MultiChoice African Journalist 2012 finalists announced
CNN MultiChoice African Journalist 2012 finalists announced

The finalists in the 17th CNN MultiChoice African Journalist competition were announced on 18 May 2012, by Ferial Haffajee, chair of the independent judging panel. This year the competition received entries from 42 countries across the continent, including French and Portuguese speaking Africa.

18 May 2012

2012 PAMRO Conference calls for papers
2012 PAMRO Conference calls for papers

The 14th meeting of PAMRO and All Africa Media Research Conference, set to take place at Speke Resort & Convention Centre in Uganda from 26-29 August 2012, is calling for presentation submissions for the conference in line with the theme "From Local to Global: Media Research in a Developing World".

7 May 2012

World Press Freedom Day: How technology impacts journalism in Kenya

The world has dedicated one day in a year to scribes 3rd May. This is World Press Freedom Day. According to the United Nations, it is a day that "celebrates the fundamental principles of press freedom; to evaluate press freedom around the world, to defend the media from attacks on their independence and to pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the exercise of their profession".

By Carole Kimutai: @CaroleKimutai 4 May 2012

President of Kenya urges media to be objective

The president of Kenya, Mwai Kibaki has challenged the media to demonstrate objectivity, balance and sensitivity in news coverage, particularly in the period of competitive politics in the country, in the countdown to the general elections, taking place in 2013.

3 May 2012

Walter Wafula
Reuters makes final call for KSM Awards, announces seminar

Thomson Reuters, the global news and information company has made the final call for entries to the 2012 Kurt Schork Memorial (KSM) Awards which will take place in London in November, and made the announcement of a seminar on reporting on terrorism and global security.

By Walter Wafula 3 May 2012

UHRC calls for self-regulation of the media
UHRC calls for self-regulation of the media

In the face of imminent stringent government measures aimed to control the media and journalists in Uganda, human rights activists are calling for a stronger self-regulation mechanism to promote responsible journalism in the country.

By Walter Wafula 2 May 2012

Journalist wounded, another beat up by police

The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) is alarmed by the journalist slightly wounded by a stray bullet in Mogadishu on Tuesday evening around 6.30pm local time, while the union condemns the police beat up of a journalist in Mogadishu on 23 April 2012.

25 Apr 2012

Arusha takes lead in Africa's image

The African Development Bank (AfDB) plans to bring more than 300 international journalists to Arusha where the AfDB intends to launch new efforts to re-brand the image of the African continent.

23 Apr 2012

NMG's 11 rules of political advertising

One way politicians will market themselves is through media advertising. The Nation Media Group (NMG) has already set the rules as far as political advertising is concerned in the lead up to the general elections, expected to take place in March 2013.

By Carole Kimutai: @CaroleKimutai 17 Apr 2012

Can you hear your brand?
Can you hear your brand?

Audio Branding comes to Africa... Audio branding, also known as sound branding or sonic branding, is the use of sound to reinforce brand identity. Sound branding is increasingly becoming a vehicle for conveying a memorable message to consumers by taking advantage of the powerful memory sense of sound.

By Lars Deutsch 16 Apr 2012

Mayor threatens to attack Shabelle media journalists

Mohamud Axmed Nur Tarzan, the mayor of Mogadishu for Somali government has threatened to wipe out all journalists working for the Independently owned radio and television of Shabelle Media Network station based in the capital, Mogadishu.

13 Apr 2012

Loeries expand into Africa with new category
Loeries expand into Africa with new category

A new category for the 2012 Loeries, 'Rest of Africa and the Middle East', will be officially launched on Thursday 19 April 2012 at 6pm at the Sierra Lounge, 2nd Floor, Yaya Centre, Argwings Khodek Road in Nairobi, Kenya.

5 Apr 2012

Walter Wafula
German institute to equip journos with digital journalism skills

African journalists in need of digital reporting skills have an opportunity to acquire them through the Intajour Fellowship Program which kicks off in September this year. This follows the call for applications for the fellowship programme by the International Academy of Journalism (IAJ) in Germany.

By Walter Wafula 23 Mar 2012

Doing media business in Africa, the colourful continent

Africa is often perceived as being aggressive and unstable, with only the bad aspects highlighted. Many South Africans seem reluctant to get involved up north. Celia Collins is one of the few South Africans in this industry who understands media on the African continent. She gives insight into the state of play.

By Celia Collins 19 Mar 2012

Social media piles pressure on mainstream press

The growth of social media has brought with it challenges that have forced media organisations to change their operations.

By Catherine Karongo 8 Mar 2012

Election year and media agenda setting

Michael Joseph, the former CEO of Safaricom, once described Kenyans as having peculiar calling habits. According to a recent media survey by Ipsos Synovate, Kenyans seem to have another peculiar habit, watching news. The quarter four Kenya Audience Research Foundation (KARF) report shows over 80% of Kenyans read and watch local news. That news is politics.

By Carole Kimutai: @CaroleKimutai 7 Mar 2012

Broadcast journalist shot in Galkayo

Mogadishu: The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) is condemns the brutal murder of the broadcast journalist in the restive central Somalia town of Galkayo on Sunday night, 4 March 2012, around 10pm local time by unidentified assailants in the semi-autonomous regions of Puntland.

6 Mar 2012

KBC workers take strike to day five

Nairobi: Striking Kenya Broadcasting Corporation workers demonstrated on the streets of Nairobi on Sunday, 4 March 2012, seeking audience with prime minister Raila Odinga.

5 Mar 2012

Walter Wafula
MTN tops advertising spend in Uganda

MTN, Uganda's largest mobile operator, maintained its lead as top advertiser in the country in 2011, according to a new media report by Ipsos-Synovate.

By Walter Wafula 22 Feb 2012

NUSOJ condemns 'communications law'

The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) condemns latest moves contemplated to stifle and control freedom of expression, freedom of information and independent broadcasting following the announcement of completion of Somali telecommunications and broadcast media bill by the Ministry of Information, Telecommunications and Posts of Transitional Federal Government (TFG).

20 Feb 2012

Media Council furious at morning show

The Media Council of Kenya (MCK) has initiated disciplinary action against one of the country's top radio show for airing offensive material to an inappropriate audience.

9 Feb 2012

Radio presenter resigns over MPs' car benefits
Radio presenter resigns over MPs' car benefits

Roger Mugisha, presenter of KFM's morning show, D'Mighty Breakfast, has resigned, the radio station announced today.

By Walter Wafula 7 Feb 2012

Radio station boss shot dead

MOGADISHU, SOMALIA: Hassan Osman Abdi alias Fantastic, 30, the chief editor of Shabelle Radio, a popular independent broadcaster in Mogadishu, was killed Sunday evening in the Somali capital.

By Abdulkadir Khalif 30 Jan 2012

African journo awards extends deadline
African journo awards extends deadline

CNN International and MultiChoice announced at the end of last week that the deadline for entries for the CNN MultiChoice African Journalist 2012 Awards have been extended to Wednesday, 22 February 2012, and the judging to take place in April this year.

30 Jan 2012

Journalists petition police over torture

KAMPALA, UGANDA: A local journalists' organisation has petitioned the Police Professional Standards Unit to take action against Lira police officers who beat up a Daily Monitor journalist during the protests in Lira over continued load shedding.

By Andrew Bagala 16 Jan 2012

Minister storms radio station, orders arrests

Drama ensued on Saturday [31 January 2011] after the state minister for disaster preparedness, Musa Ecweru, reportedly stormed a community radio station in Soroti and allegedly ordered the arrest of talk show panelists, accusing them of defaming him.

By Simon Peter Emwamu 4 Jan 2012

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