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Jennifer Thomas is an assistant professor in the department of media, journalism, and film at Howard University. © .
The best of times and the worst of times for journalism

Jennifer Thomas, an award-winning, veteran American broadcast journalist, was invited by the United States Embassy (South Africa) to address the Cape Town Press Club on media coverage of elections in the age of fake news late last month...

By Juanita Pienaar 14 Nov 2018

Media activist Angela Quintal reported to be safe
Media activist Angela Quintal reported to be safe

Media activist and former South African journalist and editor, Angela Quintal, has been interrogated in Tanzania...

By Louise Marsland 8 Nov 2018

How to deal with the troll armies
How to deal with the troll armies

Reporters Without Borders has recommended that media organisations and journalists around the world strengthen training in digital security in the face of increasing cyberviolence...

By Louise Marsland 31 Jul 2018

#NEWSWATCH: Zimbabwe uncertainty as state TV remains under control of military
#NEWSWATCH: Zimbabwe uncertainty as state TV remains under control of military

Zimbabwe remains on a knife edge as political uncertainty reigns and state television is under the control of the military...

By Louise Marsland 15 Nov 2017

The Gathering 2017 Media Edition.Credit: Ashraf Hendricks, GroundUp.org.za.
How to save SA from state capture and media elitism

Critical questions about SA's political future, media and its sustainability, and how to combat the fake news scourge, were all addressed at the Daily Maverick's The Gathering 2017 series...

By Louise Marsland 4 Aug 2017

Luke McKend. Credit: Ashraf Hendricks, GroundUp.org.za
Fake news is ‘weaponised social media'

Fake news is the new battleground for media freedom as social media is “weaponised” for propaganda purposes and fake news...

By Louise Marsland 3 Aug 2017

The images we were allowed to see... Zuma speaking before an orderly house. (Image: GCIS)
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
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

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

No Hlaudi weather at sunny SABC?
No Hlaudi weather at sunny SABC?

NEWSWATCH: And they're back in the news, instead of reporting it... You've got it... the SABC... because it seems its Hlaudi Motsoeneng wants 70% of the news to be positive, reports Mail & Guardian, which also reports that the 'sunshine' policy is not good news in Media Monitoring Africa' eyes. But some good news anyway, EWN reports that Egyptian authorities have released South African photographer Adil Bradlow.

By Rod Baker 2 Sep 2013

Anton Harber
The censorship of crudity and the crudity of censorship

Let's get some facts straight on the effective banning of the film, Of Good Report*, which was due to open the Durban International Film Festival - 18-28 July.

By Anton Harber 30 Jul 2013

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

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 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

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

Late Mutharika still fights media
Late Mutharika still fights media

Although the late president of Malawi, Bingu wa Mutharika has passed, his past relationship with the media still continues to show face.

By Gregory Gondwe 25 Apr 2012

Malawi ready for World Press Freedom Day
Malawi ready for World Press Freedom Day

The Malawi chapter of the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA-Malawi) has announced how charged media practitioners are for this year's celebrations of the World Press Freedom Day (WPFD) on 3 May 2012.

By Gregory Gondwe 23 Apr 2012

Gregory Gondwe
Malawi using archaic laws to persecute media

The regional secretariat of the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) has observed that the Malawi government is using archaic pieces of legislation to persecute the media and it has since asked government to stop the tendency and provide a more enabling environment for media freedom, freedom of expression and ultimately citizen empowerment.

By Gregory Gondwe 12 Mar 2012

Gregory Gondwe
Mutharika to arrest journos who 'insult' him

Malawian president, Bingu wa Mutharika has through his state house press officer Albert Mungomo, issued a warning to the media and non-governmental organisations that they risk being arrested for continuously insulting and vilifying his governance style.

By Gregory Gondwe 12 Mar 2012

Gregory Gondwe
University releases journalism practice book

Department of Journalism and Media Studies of the Polytechnic Constituent College of the University of Malawi has released a 228-page book titled Journalism Practice in Malawi: History, Progress and Prospects.

By Gregory Gondwe 2 Mar 2012

Gregory Gondwe
Civil society body bars state journalists

Civil society organisations in Malawi received a whiplash on Tuesday, 14 February 2012, following a decision to send away journalists of the Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC), who had come to cover a news conference they were hosting.

By Gregory Gondwe 16 Feb 2012

Gregory Gondwe
Media grows despite challenges

In a report released by the Civic and Political Space Platform (CPSP), a group of civil society organisations in Malawi, it was established that the media in Malawi has had positive growth over the last two years, despite numerous challenges which almost derailed its progress.

By Gregory Gondwe 2 Feb 2012

Gregory Gondwe
Local newspaper questions MACRA

Sunday Times newspaper, owned by Blantyre Newspapers Limited (BNL), has through a recent issue, questioned the conduct of the Malawi Communication Regulatory Authority (MACRA).

By Gregory Gondwe 24 Jan 2012

Gregory Gondwe
Journos could boycott Mutharika's presser

Malawian journalists are considering whether or not to boycott president Bingu wa Mutharika's organised press conferences, called 'Press Rallies', since it is done in the presence of political party cohorts who heckle journalists whenever they ask questions.

By Gregory Gondwe 23 Jan 2012

Gregory Gondwe
Media conditions in Malawi worsens in 2011 - MISA

The Malawi Chapter of the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA-Malawi) has said 2011 saw Malawi's media environment deteriorate to the worst as observed from 2009.

By Gregory Gondwe 6 Jan 2012

Theresa Mallinson
CPJ report: 52 journalists jailed in Africa

There are currently 52 journalists imprisoned in Africa, in nine countries. More than half the jailed journalists are held in that scourge of media freedom - Eritrea. The most disturbing news to come out of CPJ's recent report on journalists behind bars, is that the trend of imprisoning journalists - often on trumped-up charges - has seen a sharp increase over the last decade.

By Theresa Mallinson 12 Dec 2011

Gregory Gondwe
Government backtracks on oppressive media law

Government has backtracked on a piece of legislation that was repressive to the media, after it was amended to give power to the information minister to ban any material should the minister deem it harmful to the public.

By Gregory Gondwe 8 Dec 2011

Gregory Gondwe
Mutharika defends repressive law

President Bingu wa Mutharika has defended the amendment of Section 46 of the Penal Code which gives the information minister power to ban any publication or its importation should the minister deem it harmful to the public.

By Gregory Gondwe 2 Dec 2011

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