It is no longer business as usual, but there is a future for print in Africa, yet...
Africa Day statement from Right2Know calls for freedom of expression in Africa...
The Laurent Gbagbo-controlled National Press Council (CNP) on 18 March 2011 suspended the pro-Ouattara daily Le Jour Plus, for publishing statements by top officials of the government of Alassane Ouattara, the internationally recognised president of Côte d' Ivoire. The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA)'s correspondent reported that Le Jour Plus has been banned from publishing for 26 days.
24 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
The Loerie Awards launched its 2011 campaign, Tuesday 15 March 2011, entitled "Don't hate. Create", created by Draftfcb and supported by a mobisite and specially developed augmented reality apps, linking digital technology to the printed media, along with a revamp of its award categories.
15 Mar 2011
LONDON: The panel of judges has been announced for the eighth Diageo Africa Business Reporting Awards set to take place on 30 June 2011. The annual awards aims to encourage more prolific reporting of economic opportunities in Africa and to celebrate excellence in business journalism.
15 Mar 2011
The 13th PAMRO meeting and All Africa Media Research Conference will take place from 21-24 August 2011 in Dakar, Senegal at the Le Méridien President Hotel. Updates on media audience research activities from countries from all parts of Africa will be provided.
14 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
Here is a roundup of the posts published on sxswsa.co.za this weekend. We're over halfway through SxSW Interactive in Austin, Texas, but there's still plenty material in the works, so keep an eye on the blog for another few days. Also, follow @sxswsa, or the entire #sxswsa Twitter list. [view twitterfall]
Ivo Vegter: @sxswsa 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
The Google Inc. Charitable Giving Fund of Tides Foundation announced on Tuesday, 8 March 2011, that it is awarding five grants totalling US$5 million to African projects in support of improving internet access and to enable African countries to participate in and contribute to the global Internet. One grant will assist in expanding the online Nelson Mandela archive.
9 Mar 2011
The sixth Maputo International Advertising Festival will take place from 25-27 May 2011, AMEP - the Mozambican Marketing, Advertising and Public Relations Association announced yesterday. The festival recognises advertising agencies, producers and communications companies worldwide especially from Africa and the Indian Ocean regions.
23 Feb 2011
U2's Cape Town concert scheduled for today, Friday 18 February 2011, will be broadcast live on Highveld and KFM in South Africa, alongside a live stream on DStv.com, throughout Africa.
18 Feb 2011
ABIDJAN: On 29 December 2011, President Laurent Gbagbo's camp, via Radio Télévision Ivoirienne (RTI), began the second phase of its media campaign against the United Nations Operation in Côte d'Ivoire (UNOCI).
6 Jan 2011
ABIDJAN: Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has voiced its concern about the language and hyperbole used by the privately-owned dailies Le Nouveau Réveil, Notre Voie and Le Patriote yesterday, 28 October 2010, four days before the first round of the presidential election in Côte d'Ivoire.
29 Oct 2010
ATLANTA, US: CNN has announced the launch of a new initiative for journalism students, called CNN iReport University, linked to iReport, the network's user-generated news community.
16 Sep 2010
Ivory Coast's public prosecutor said on Thursday (15 July 2010) that three local journalists have been arrested and will be formally charged for allegedly stealing secret documents that were used in an article about corruption in the cocoa sector.
19 Jul 2010
ABIDJAN: The 'Gender in media management in the post-crisis and post-electoral period" seminar organised by the United Nations Operation in Côte d'Ivoire (UNOCI), in collaboration with the UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP), ended late last week.
2 Jun 2010
ABIDJAN: A workshop on the media and social cohesion was hosted this week, 18-19 May 2010, in Séguéla, 592km from Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire. Some 40 participants from the media and civil society from Séguéla, Mankono, Kani, Vavoua, Zuenoula and Gohitafla participated in the event.
21 May 2010
At least 3,000 people marched through the streets of Abidjan in Ivory Coast on Tuesday, 26 January 2010, to protest against state media coverage ahead of the country's national elections. The protesters claim President Laurent Gbagbo has a "stranglehold" over state media and demanded opposition parties be given equal access to it.
28 Jan 2010
Finalists in the CNN MultiChoice African Journalist 2008 Competition were announced yesterday, Thursday, 15 May 2008, by Azubuike Ishiekwene, chair of the independent judging panel. This year the competition, now in its 13th year, received a record 1912 entries from 44 countries throughout the African continent, including French- and Portuguese-speaking Africa.
15 May 2008
A critical mass of countries are signing on to a plan for India to invest $1 billion in the Pan-African e-Network satellite project, a joint initiative with the Africa Union aimed at developing the region's information and communication technology (ICT) infrastructure.
30 Nov 2007
Pan-African music entertainment network MTV Networks Africa and oil marketer Shell have partnered to boost Africa's contemporary music industry.
22 Nov 2007
“This is a great opportunity to promote responsive journalism and democracy in Kenya,” says Munene Kilongi. He is standing in a street in Nairobi while he is sending his report on the elections in Kenya from his mobile phone.
22 Nov 2007
The Advertising Performance Excellence (APEX) awards have just increased in magnitude following a decision by the custodians of the awards, the Association for Communication and Advertising (ACA), to extend entry to the rest of the continent.
28 Aug 2007
President Mwai Kibaki has refused to sign a media bill into law on the grounds that a last-minute amendment limiting the confidentiality of sources posed a threat to press freedom.
24 Aug 2007
France urged to link cooperation with Egypt to better respect for human rights.
1 Aug 2007