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All the 2019 African Digital Media Awards winners
All the 2019 African Digital Media Awards winners

Winners of the 2019 African Digital Media Awards have been announced in Johannesburg, South Africa...

12 Sep 2019

Eloine Barry, CEO African Media Agency.
African Media Agency partners with USAfrica Expo

The USAfrica Business Expo will bring together small business owners, investors, diplomats and political figures from across the continent of Africa on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly...

11 Sep 2019

Andrew Human to leave the Loeries
Andrew Human to leave the Loeries

CEO of the Loeries, Andrew Human, will be leaving the organisation after 15 years at the helm, during which time the Loeries was transformed into a globally recognised festival and the highest accolade for the advertising and brand communication industry across Africa and the Middle East...

Issued by Loeries 11 Sep 2019

A police officer is seen in Hargeisa, Somaliland, on May 16, 2016. Police in Hargeisa recently arrested Horyaal 24 TV owner Mohamed Osman Mireh. Credit: CPJ/AFP/Mohamed Abdiwahab.
Somaliland police raid Horyaal 24 TV offices

Authorities in the breakaway region of Somaliland should immediately free Mohamed Osman Mireh and allow Horyaal 24 TV to broadcast freely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said...

11 Sep 2019

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How Uganda is using old and new laws to block activists on social media

Activists who use digital media are protected by international law and protocols that guarantee freedom of expression...

By Ronald Kakungulu-Mayambala 10 Sep 2019

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ANA News to scale back SA operations

African News Agency plans expansion across Africa to meet growth demands, but announces downsizing in South Africa...

9 Sep 2019

The statue of founding president Mwalimu Julius Nyerere in Tanzania’s political capital Dodoma. Credit: WikiCommons.
Why Tanzania's attacks on free speech break with Nyerere's legacy

Nyerere often argued that Tanzanians should not be afraid to challenge authority. He also spoke out strongly for freedom of speech...

By Nick Westcott 4 Sep 2019

Internet shutdowns and the future of democracy in Africa
Internet shutdowns and the future of democracy in Africa

Ventures Africa discusses internet shutdowns and the future of democracy in Africa in its newly launched 'Speak!' series...

3 Sep 2019

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Fresh vigilance is needed to protect media freedom across Africa

In Africa new data suggests citizens' support for press freedoms is in sharp decline...

By Jeff Conroy-Krutz 2 Sep 2019

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Western media, Chinese media... where is African media?

African communication professionals have started a movement to rebrand the continent....

By Zubeida Jaffer 30 Aug 2019

Empowering news organisations through technological innovation
Empowering news organisations through technological innovation

Google launched the Google News Initiative, followed by the GNI Innovation Challenge to aid publishers in Africa transition to digital. We speak to Google's Mich Atagana about the initiative...

By Louise Marsland 28 Aug 2019

A newspaper stand is seen in Mwanza, Tanzania, on September 19, 2015. Tanzania is currently considering legal amendments that could negatively affect press freedom. Credit: CPJ/AFP/Daniel Hayduk.
Onslaught against press freedoms in Tanzania

CPJ says Kabendera, Gwanda cases highlight Tanzania's decline in press freedom and human rights...

26 Aug 2019

Tanzania detains Watetezi TV journalist over investigation of police
Tanzania detains Watetezi TV journalist over investigation of police

The Committee to Protect Journalists said it is concerned for the welfare of investigative journalist Joseph Gandye...

26 Aug 2019

Andrea Opoku, director and Africa ambassador for Women in Marketing.
#FairnessFirst: The power of women in influencer marketing

One of the highlights of last year's Loeries Masterclasses was the Women in Marketing (WIM) Africa launch event. Here Andrea Opoku, director and Africa ambassador for Women in Marketing, shares growth since then as well as the context of this year's WIM Africa event on the power of women in influencer marketing, with some interesting global insights...

By Leigh Andrews 26 Aug 2019

Piwe Motshegoa, head of sales: general entertainment at DStv media sales. Image via Al Nicoll © via Gallo Images.
#Loeries2019: Africans aren't just swimming with the creative sharks, we are the sharks

Piwe Motshegoa, head of sales: general entertainment at DStv media sales, kicked off the DStv Seminar of Creativity - a highlight of Loeries Creative Week as the industry gets ready for the annual award nights - with a reminder that Africans hold all the storytelling magic they need...

By Leigh Andrews 23 Aug 2019

Sphelele Mjadu, Unilever Personal Care Senior Public Relations Manager for Africa and Anne Githuku-Shongwe, representative of UN Women South Africa’s Multi-Country Office, in the UN Women-Dove masterclass panel at the Loeries. Image via Al Nicoll © via Gallo Images.
#Loeries2019: Our responsibility of better representation in advertising, media

The media and advertising industries play an important role in stirring the way society is portrayed. Here's why UN Women and Dove's masterclass session at Loeries 2019 called for the creative industry as a whole to take a stand and work actively towards better representation, particularly in terms of gender...

By Leigh Andrews 23 Aug 2019

The Loeries' Game and Dion Wired 'What do CMOs really want' masterclass panel. Image via Al Nicoll © via Gallo Images.
#Loeries2019: What do CMOs really want from their agency?

One of the biggest changes to the advertising landscape in recent years? Bringing creatives in-house. But does it work to do so? The robust and honest discussion led by Joanne Joseph at the Loeries Masterclasses explained what this means for members of the industry working together in the future, and what both sides really want...

By Leigh Andrews 23 Aug 2019

Mo Abudu.
Mo Abudu: Woman of many firsts

A trailblazer in changing the negative narrative about the continent of Africa...

By Phindile Xaba 21 Aug 2019

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PAMRO student bursaries announced

PAMRO provides two bursaries for two Mauritian students ahead of annual conference...

20 Aug 2019

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'Troubling' erosion of press freedom in certain SADC states

CPJ calls on SADC heads of state to prioritise press freedom and the safety of journalists...

19 Aug 2019

Media trip to AHIF event sponsored by APO
Media trip to AHIF event sponsored by APO

APO Group will grant an African journalist an all-expenses-paid trip to AHIF conference...

19 Aug 2019

Asha Ranchhod Patel, head of marketing at Google South Africa.
#Loeries2019: Tackling unconscious bias, raising jurors' cultural awareness

The Loeries is only the second international award show after the D&AD awards to introduce "unconscious bias" workshops for its judges. Asha Ranchhod Patel, head of marketing at Google South Africa, explains how the workshops work to sensitise judging panels and help them recognise their own inherent prejudices, while removing these from their judging decisions...

By Leigh Andrews 16 Aug 2019

Juba International Airport, pictured in October 2018. Two days before South Sudan's National Security Service detained Al-Watan editor Michael Christopher, the journalist had his passport confiscated at a Juba airport. Credit: CPJ/AFP/Akuot Chol.
South Sudan detains Al-Watan editor for over 3 weeks

Authorities in South Sudan have detained Michael Christopher, editor-in-chief of the Arabic-language daily Al-Watan...

14 Aug 2019

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African Digital Media Awards 2019 finalists

WAN-IFRA has announced the 2019 finalists for the prestigious African Digital Media Awards...

13 Aug 2019

A man rides a motorcycle as young people of the Sidama ethnic group, the largest in southern Ethiopia, celebrate at Hawassa city over plans by local elders to declare the establishment of a breakaway region for the Sidama, in Awasa, July 15, 2019. Authorities arrested three media workers from the Sidama Media Network on July 18. Credit: CPJ/AFP/Michael Tewelde.
Ethiopia detains journalists amid southern unrest

Ethiopian authorities arrest Sidama Media Network workers in southern Ethiopia amid unrest...

13 Aug 2019

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New media is misrepresenting women in Africa: what feminists can do

So-called 'new media' emphasises gender norms and portrays women as sex objects, morally deficient, and vulnerable...

By Sharon Adetutu Omotoso 8 Aug 2019

Freelance journalist Erick Kabendera, who is detained in Tanzania. Credit: CPJ/Jamii Forums.
Tanzania switches track, charges Kabendera with economic crimes

Prosecutors in Tanzania today charged freelance journalist Erick Kabendera with money laundering, tax evasion, and assisting an organized crime racket...

7 Aug 2019

Kantar CEO, Eric Salama. Image supplied.
Kantar's Eric Salama discusses the way forward under new owner Bain Capital

Kantar CEO Eric Salama presented an update on the new ownership structure and the opportunities under, Bain Capital during a press call held on Thursday...

By Juanita Pienaar 5 Aug 2019

A screenshot of Dar es Salaam police chief Lazaro Mambosasa, left, speaking at a July 30 press conference. Mambosasa said that police have detained freelancer Erick Kabendera. Credit: CPJ/YouTube/Kwanza TV.
Tanzania detains freelancer Kabendera over 'citizenship'

The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Tanzanian authorities to immediately release freelance journalist Erick Kabendera...

31 Jul 2019

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