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Pendulum is swinging towards creeping restrictions across Africa
Pendulum is swinging towards creeping restrictions across Africa

Freedom is weakening across Africa and more worrying is the considerable willingness to accept government restrictions on individual freedoms in the name of public security...

By Peter Penar and Carolyn Logan 3 May 2019

How South Africa ranks in the press freedom stakes
How South Africa ranks in the press freedom stakes

It's pleasing that the latest World Press Freedom Index released by Reporters without Borders rates the state of press freedom in South Africa as "satisfactory". Satisfactory is the second best category after "good"...

By Glenda Daniels 3 May 2019

Image via : A woman is reflected next to a poster outside a community hall hosting a night vigil for kidnapped photojournalist Shiraaz Mohamed, on January 18, 2017 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Community members, friends, family and colleagues of photojournalist Shiraaz Mohamed held a night vigil at the Lenasia South Civic Centre. Mohamed was abducted in Syria on 10 January while working with the aid mission Gift of the Givers. (Photo by Gallo Images / Dino Lloyd)
South African journalist Shiraaz Mohamed, kidnapped in January 2017, is shown alive in new video

A video sent to the NGO Gift of the Givers shows South African journalist Shiraaz Mohamed, abducted in Syria in early 2017, to be alive. In the video, dated 13 April, Mohamed said he fears for his life and begs for help from a number of people and organisations...

By Jonah Dylan 2 May 2019

Image source: Gallo/Getty.
Reporting on China in Africa is too binary

The accuracy of reporting on China's involvement in Africa can be "deeply misleading". What needs to be done to fix it...

By Yu-Shan Wu 30 Apr 2019

Soldiers stand guard on April 2, 2019, in Moroni, the capital of the Comoros. Journalists have been detained and newspapers have been disrupted surrounding the country's recent presidential election. Credit: CPJ/AFP/Youssouf Ibrahim.
Comoros authorities detain journalist, censor newspapers amid political crisis

Authorities in the Comoros should stop detaining journalists and censoring the press in the wake of the disputed March 24 presidential election...

15 Apr 2019

Of this picture, Van Wyk says: "I don’t believe in heroes. I do, however, believe in exceptional people. In 2012 I met adv. Thuli Madonsela, then Public Protector, for the first time."
#Bookmarks2019: Pauli Van Wyk on why you don't just walk into a job as "investigative journalist"

Pauli van Wyk, the IAB SA's Bookmarks Awards 2019's inaugural Best Online Journalist Black Pixel-winner, talks us through what it takes to succeed as an investigative journalist...

By Leigh Andrews 12 Apr 2019

Military police patrol the streets of Gorongosa, in central Mozambique, on November 19, 2013. A radio journalist in Mozambique has been held in pretrial detention since January, 2019. Credit: CPJ/Reuters/Grant Lee Neuenburg.
Mozambique National Journalist's Day marred by detention

CPJ joins calls for immediate and unconditional release of Mozambican radio journalist, Amade Abubacar...

12 Apr 2019

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Attack on Zim 263 Chat website a blatant attempt to muzzle the media

Police fired tear gas into the 263 Chat newsroom after chasing reporter Lovejoy Mtongwiza to the website's offices...

12 Apr 2019

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Marianne Thamm on the crucial role of whistleblowers and investigative journalists in defeating corruption

On Wednesday, 10 April 2019 I snatched up the rare opportunity to spend most of my lunch hour with Marianne Thamm, the incredibly smart, candid natural storyteller who has witnessed the harshest violence as an investigative journalist, as well as the hope, resilience and fortitude of South Africa. Here's what you missed...

By Leigh Andrews 11 Apr 2019

Bizcommunity sends a clear message that Africa is open for business
Bizcommunity sends a clear message that Africa is open for business

The adoption continues for the .africa (dotAfrica) geographic Top Level Domain (gLTD) as Africa's biggest multi-industry website, Bizcommunity, announced the launch of its dotAfrica website...

Issued by dotAfrica 9 Apr 2019

Bizcommunity launches BIZ | Daily top story headlines
Bizcommunity launches BIZ | Daily top story headlines

Bizcommunity is proud to announce the launch of BIZ | Daily - a daily top story round-up, curated from across 18 industry sectors by most impressions and social media shares...

Issued by Bizcommunity.com 8 Apr 2019

Still missing: Azory Gwanda.
#WhereIsAzory campaign launched to find missing Tanzania journalist

The Committee to Protect Journalists' #WhereIsAzory campaign launches to highlight the fact that the Tanzanian journalist has been missing for 500 days ...

5 Apr 2019

Anthony Molyneaux, multimedia journalist for Tiso Blackstar Group.
#Bookmarks2019: Raising awareness without stepping over into sensationalism

Anthony Molyneaux, multimedia journalist at Tiso Blackstar Group, was awarded Online News Video Gold at IAB SA's Bookmarks Awards 2019 for his nine-minute reconstruction video, which mapped out the final hours of murdered Stellenbosch student, Hannah Cornelius and the 11-hour rampage that left four victims in its wake. Here, he explains the success of longer-form video and strong storytelling in a snappy digital world...

By Leigh Andrews 4 Apr 2019

Gendarmerie officers stand guard on March 24, 2019, in Moroni, Comoros. Two journalists have been detained without trial in the country since February. Credit: CPJ/Gianluigi Guercia/AFP.
Two journalists held in pretrial detention since February in Comoros

Authorities in the Comoros should immediately release journalists Abdallah Abdou Hassane and Oubeidillah Mchangama held in detention...

3 Apr 2019

Africa rising as Bizcommunity launches .Africa domain
Africa rising as Bizcommunity launches .Africa domain

Bizcommunity, the wholly independently owned media brand made in Africa for Africa, is proud to announce the launch of the Bizcommunity.africa domain...

Issued by Bizcommunity.com 2 Apr 2019

A woman walks in front of a picture of President Emmerson Mnangagwa in Bulawayo, in June 2018. Authorities in the Zimbabwean city detained documentary filmmaker Zenzele Ndebele on March 21. Credit: CPJ/AFP/Zinyange Auntony.
Zimbabwe police arrest filmmaker Zenzele Ndebele

State security last week arrested documentary filmmaker Zenzele Ndebele after a used police teargas cannister from a protest was found in his car...

26 Mar 2019

#HumanRightsDay: The human cost of journalism globally
#HumanRightsDay: The human cost of journalism globally

The Committee to Protect Journalists releases 'The Last Column' book to highlight the human cost of journalism around the globe. The book features the final articles and photographs of fallen journalists...

19 Mar 2019

Artist’s name: Babak Sarbaz (pseudonym)
Title: Clergies’ Revolution
Dimensions: 100 x 75 cm
Editor’s note: This submission is a graphic manipulation of an image of Ayatollah Khomeini’s return to Iran in 1979
Borders and Boundaries competition announces winner

CALIFORNIA, United States - On 23 January 2019, United for Iran, a Bay-Area NGO working to promote civil liberties and civil society in Iran, announced the completion and winner of Borders and Boundaries, a visual art competition of Iranian artists focused on censorship and freedom of expression in Iran...

24 Jan 2019

Gillette's 'We Believe' ad receives mixed feedback
Gillette's 'We Believe' ad receives mixed feedback

NEWSWATCH: Gillette has released a #MeToo-inspired ad called 'We Believe' that plays on its 30-year old tagline, 'Best a Man Can Get' to help put an end to 'toxic masculinity'...

15 Jan 2019

On the humanisation of black stories in 2019
On the humanisation of black stories in 2019

As a consumer of local content in 2019, I am ready to see bodies of work that focus on the humanisation of black characters with well-rounded lives that are not solely centred around tried and tested concepts of tragedy, trauma and beating the odds...

By Rebone Masemola 15 Jan 2019

Freelance reporter Asad Hashim. © .
Pakistan reporter wins AFP Kate Webb Prize

Freelance journalist, Asad Hashim has won the 2018 Agence France-Presse Kate Webb Prize for his coverage of the plight of ethnic Pashtuns and blasphemy issues in his native Pakistan...

14 Jan 2019

Number of journalists murdered in reprisal for reporting nearly doubles
Number of journalists murdered in reprisal for reporting nearly doubles

The year 2018 was the deadliest year for journalists in the past three years, with Afghanistan topping the list as the deadliest country for journalists worldwide in 2018...

4 Jan 2019

Hundreds of jailed journalists the new norm, CPJ census finds
Hundreds of jailed journalists the new norm, CPJ census finds

Turkey, China, and Egypt are responsible for jailing more than half of all journalists detained worldwide...

13 Dec 2018

87% of journalists in the Middle East, Africa and Asia view the industry negatively
87% of journalists in the Middle East, Africa and Asia view the industry negatively

Journalists from 52 countries reflect on their biggest fears about their industry, their personal feelings regarding the profession and why freedom of the press must be protected...

12 Dec 2018

Unbox the festive season
Unbox the festive season

Festive goodwill is part and parcel of the holiday season and we're wrapping up our year with a hamper of promotional goodies...

Issued by Bizcommunity.com 7 Dec 2018

Josephine Achiro Fortelo.
Freedom of speech award for South Sudan journalist

Radio journalist, Josephine Achiro Fortelo from South Sudan, receives global freedom of speech award...

29 Nov 2018

#NewCampaign: All you people, this ad's for you
#NewCampaign: All you people, this ad's for you

Nando's' new ad highlights the ways in which South Africans typically stereotype one another and the inherent hypocrisy that comes with that, with uniquely local scenes of people pigeonholing one another...

By Jessica Tennant 26 Nov 2018

How Daily Maverick is driving community with Maverick Insider
How Daily Maverick is driving community with Maverick Insider

Daily Maverick publisher and CEO Styli Charalambous explains their recent pivot to a reader revenue model, and how you can further support their independent investigative journalism with the added bonus of free Uber trips...

By Leigh Andrews 19 Nov 2018

Open News anchors at their launch: news anchors Koketso Sachane and Naledi Moleo, social media anchor Ayanda Dlamini, Inge Isaacs from the weather desk, and sports anchor Adrian Botha.
When chance meetings roll into 'you're hired' meetings

What do Tim Modise, the late Rowena Baird, Stephanie Ruhle, and Oprah have in common? They serve as inspiration for the new news and social media anchors of OpenView's Open News...

By Leigh Andrews 15 Nov 2018

Angela Quintal of the CPJ. Image ©
My nasty encounter with Tanzanian repression

Muthoki Mumo and I embarked on a 10-day visit to Tanzania, primarily as a networking and fact-finding mission to gauge media freedom in Magufuli's Tanzania. We had nothing to hide, and even had a letter of invitation from the government-recognised press regulator. But then I heard a knock on my hotel room door...

By Angela Quintal 14 Nov 2018

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