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One step forwards, one back for democracy

If journalists in Zimbabwe had stood up in that country's parliament to protest against interference with their cellphone signals, they would have been laughed out of the place...

By Anton Harber 2 Mar 2015

Anton Harber
Depth of Africa coverage improves

Coverage of the rest of Africa in our media provides an interesting gauge of our relationship with the continent since our borders opened up 20 years ago...

By Anton Harber 5 Dec 2014

Anton Harber
SA must put pressure on Swaziland to open society

I think SA should recall its ambassador to Swaziland and threaten to close our borders with the country. I am not joking...

By Anton Harber 22 Aug 2014

Anton Harber
Bloomberg's Africa media plan raises questions

It may be imprudent to write this about someone who is spending $10m on African journalism. But then, of all the things I have been accused of in my time, prudence was never among them.

By Anton Harber 7 Feb 2014

Imposing one story on Africa is doing it a disservice
Imposing one story on Africa is doing it a disservice

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.

By Anton Harber 15 Nov 2013

Angolan journo wins top award for anti-corruption fight
Angolan journo wins top award for anti-corruption fight

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.

By Rod Baker 8 Nov 2013

Isha Sesay on the CNN MultiChoice African Journalist Awards
Isha Sesay on the CNN MultiChoice African Journalist Awards

The 18th CNN MultiChoice African Journalist Awards is taking place tomorrow night, 12 October 2013 at the CTICC where finalists will be recognised for their excellent journalism across the continent.

By Ilse van den Berg 11 Oct 2013

Danette Breitenbach
Y&R: I have an agency...

Y&R is committed to having 20 agencies on the African continent by 2015. Leading the charge to achieve this is Yossi Schwartz, chairman of Y&R South Africa.

By Danette Breitenbach 5 Sep 2013

Noëleen Bruton
Digital, traditional media go hand in hand

It's been exciting watching the phenomenal growth of digital media both locally and globally in the past say two decades. This, of course, has given marketers a whole new category of media in which to spend our advertising budgets.

By Noëleen Bruton 13 May 2013

[2013 trends] Out-of-the-box branding
[2013 trends] Out-of-the-box branding

No, the concepts of "tribalism", "gamification" and "engagement" aren't a promo for the latest computer game, but are in fact the trends that will characterise the way companies and consumers interact in 2013. The branding industry is constantly developing and. while the following trends are evolutions rather than dynamic, short-term changes, we believe there are 10 areas that will define the brandscape over the next year.

By HKLM Exco Team 31 Jan 2013

[2013 trends] Africa poised for a great future
[2013 trends] Africa poised for a great future

As 2013 commences, afro-pessimism seems to cede to afro-optimism. There is a global consensus: Africa is poised for a great future. What will be the impact of Africa's growth on our industry? What will be the major trends of the year? In the business world, predicting the future is a crucial exercise.

By Nandkishor Buty 30 Jan 2013

Ilse du Plessis
Copyright and the world of online news

LONDON, UK / BERLIN, GERMANY / PARIS, FRANCE / BRASILIA, BRAZIL: The way in which we keep up with the news has changed greatly over the past decade. How many of us still buy a daily newspaper? Many of us opt to get our news from a variety of online sources.

By Ilse du Plessis 16 Jan 2013

Gregory Gondwe
Govt. tells journos to try self-employment

Malawi government on Friday asked graduating students from the Malawi Institute of Journalism (MIJ) to be innovative and to try self-employment instead of waiting on Malawi's small media industry to take them on board.

By Gregory Gondwe 19 Nov 2012

Gregory Gondwe
NPL transforms Malawi newspaper industry

Nation Publications Limited (NPL) has made a bold move by purchasing a brand new 'Hong Hwa 'Newsfaster' Web Offset Press', a printing machine that has given room to more newspaper business innovations set to transform the newspaper industry in Malawi to stand shoulder to shoulder with the global standards.

By Gregory Gondwe 12 Nov 2012

Gregory Gondwe
Government differs with MISA on arrested journo

The government of Malawi have reacted to the arrest of Justice Mponda, an online journalist, saying it is becoming increasingly concerned with the false publication by Malawi Voice where the journalist worked for. Mponda has since been released on bail by the Lilongwe Senior Magistrates Court.

By Gregory Gondwe 17 Oct 2012

Gregory Gondwe
MISA protests against draft E-Bill

The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) has protested against the draft E-Bill which the government of Malawi released to the public to get more input as an enemy of media freedom and freedom of expression.

By Gregory Gondwe 8 Oct 2012

Gregory Gondwe
NPL launches mobile news service

Nation Publications Limited (NPL) in Malawi has launched a mobile news service branded 'Nation Mobile 58080'. The service enables subscribers to receive news sent directly to their mobile phones.

By Gregory Gondwe 19 Sep 2012

Women lawyers engage media in property rights
Women lawyers engage media in property rights

Malawi chapter of the Women in Law Southern Africa (WLSA Malawi) last week trained journalists from different media disciplines to effectively document cases where women suffer injustices of unfair distribution of marital property due to the current legal framework.

By Gregory Gondwe 10 Sep 2012

Gregory Gondwe
Banda engages media over border dispute with Tanzania

President Joyce Banda last week engaged media managers to try to reason with them to project positive reporting over the border dispute that has ensued between Malawi and Tanzania.

By Gregory Gondwe 17 Aug 2012

Gregory Gondwe
Malawi's newspaper companies trying to out-do each other

Malawi's two major newspaper companies are set to revolutionise the newspaper industry as both have announced acquisition of new printing machines.

By Gregory Gondwe 13 Jul 2012

Gregory Gondwe
Malawi media faulted for mass killings

A Commission of Enquiry instituted by the Malawi presidency to establish what prompted the police to kill 20 people during a mass demonstration in July 2011 has faulted the media for fanning the violence that led to the death of the people.The findings have however been dismissed by media bodies in the country.

By Gregory Gondwe 10 Jul 2012

MISA hails Banda's media stance
MISA hails Banda's media stance

The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) has hailed Malawian president Joyce Banda for meeting media managers, owners and media organisations at her Sanjika Palace in Blantyre on 25 June 2012, where she pledged to look into some of the challenges the media face in the country.

By Gregory Gondwe 28 Jun 2012

Gregory Gondwe
Govt scrapes off VAT on newspapers

The Malawian government has scrapped off 16.5% Value Added Tax (VAT) on newspapers a year after it was introduced by the regime of late president Bingu wa Mutharika, where he was implementing a zero deficit budget that necessitated taxing everything.

By Gregory Gondwe 11 Jun 2012

Gregory Gondwe
President Banda talks on arrested journo

President Joyce Banda has perhaps become the first Malawi head of state to directly comment on the arrest of a media practitioner and express regret over it.

By Gregory Gondwe 4 Jun 2012

Gregory Gondwe
Journos train in science and health reporting

Media practitioners in Malawi underwent a science and health reporting workshop in Blantyre over the weekend, as part of an initiative by Malawi Liverpool Wellcome Trust (MLW), to equip journalists to establish health as a regular journalism beat.

By Gregory Gondwe 23 May 2012

Gregory Gondwe
Govt to repeal oppressive media law

President Joyce Banda announced on Friday, May 18 2012, that her government will repeal a piece of legislation that was meant to oppress the media which was being championed by the late president Bingu wa Mutharika.

By Gregory Gondwe 21 May 2012

Gregory Gondwe
Malawi newspapers risk legal punishment

Government has warned publishers, among them newspapers companies, of a legal punishment if they fail to deposit copies of their publications with the National Archives of Malawi within two months from date of publication.

By Gregory Gondwe 21 May 2012

BNL and ZBS win big at 2012 MISA Awards
BNL and ZBS win big at 2012 MISA Awards

Blantyre Newspapers Limited (BNL) and Zodiak Broadcasting Station (ZBS) triumphed over all other media institutions in Malawi to emerge as the Best Print and Electronic Media House of the Year respectively at the 2012 MISA-Malawi Annual Media Awards. The winners were announced at a ceremony marking this year's World Press Freedom Day (WPFD) commemoration in Lilongwe on Saturday, 5 May 2012.

By Gregory Gondwe 8 May 2012

MISA-Malawi wants repeal of media laws
MISA-Malawi wants repeal of media laws

The Malawi chapter of the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA-Malawi) has asked government to consider repealing all laws that are inconsistent with the constitution and those considered as an insult to the media fraternity in Malawi.

By Gregory Gondwe 4 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

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