Journalists, activists face mounting harassment in Burundi

BUJUMBURA, BURUNDI: As tensions mount in the central African nation of Burundi ahead of presidential elections, journalists and activists say they are paying an increasingly heavy price as standard bearers for free speech, reports BD Live. Civil rights in the small Great Lakes nation, they say,...

27 Mar 2015

Zim paranoia over cellphones, radios

Media freedom campaigners say police in Zimbabwe are breaking the law by seizing and banning small radio receivers that can tune in to stations not linked to the state broadcasting monopoly controlled by president Robert Mugabe's party. Continue reading on

25 Feb 2013

Luvi Ogilvy celebrates 20th birthday
Luvi Ogilvy celebrates 20th birthday

Friday, 16 November 2012, a birthday party with more than 300 guests marked the 20th birthday of Luvi Ogilvy Réunion. Marketing manager, Steven Potet said "It was a great evening. We had 'red' people queuing up outside the road at Saint Gilles city, surprised to see a well-known bar on Reunion...

20 Nov 2012

TBWA\ Angola engineer flashmob
TBWA\ Angola engineer flashmob

Grocery shopping in Angola recently took a turn from the mundane when shoppers were surprised with a flashmob. TBWA\ Angola engineered the guerilla-marketing stunt for Cerveja CUCA, a local beer manufacturer in the Angolan market. Unsuspecting onlookers were treated to an energetic flash dance...

2 Jul 2012

Merit only rewards Big Break Legacy winner
Merit only rewards Big Break Legacy winner

Commenting on social media chatter, Ezra Ndwandwe, entrepreneur and creator of the Big Break Legacy reality TV show, says the winner of the R5million prize will be determined by merit, not race, gender or cultural background. Ndwandwe says entrepreneurship is colour-blind and the best ideas that are...

25 Jan 2012

Still time to enter Loeries
Still time to enter Loeries

click to enlargeThe deadline of 31 May 2010 for Loeries 2010 entries, other than 2010 FIFA World Cup entries, has been extended to 14 June 2010 but does carry a 5% late fee. This means that all work flighted between 1 June 2009 and 14 June 2010 is eligible for entry. World cup- related entries have...

21 May 2010

Loeries: 5% discount for early bird entrants
Loeries: 5% discount for early bird entrants

The early bird deadline for entries into The 2010 Loerie Awards is 16 April 2010. Entries before this date will receive a 5% discount. The Loeries is open to work conceived and produced anywhere in Africa and the Middle East, including island states off the African coast like the Seychelles or...

8 Apr 2010

Women photojournalists called to enter international competition

Since 2000, the Association des Femmes Journalistes and Canon France, in partnership with the international Visa pour l'Image festival, and with the support of Figaro magazine, have awarded an annual prize for women photojournalists. Women photojournalists worldwide are welcome to enter the...

12 Mar 2010

New leadership for Media24 Africa

Media24 Africa, a division of Media24, has appointed Glynis O'Hara as the editorial director of its Africa operations. O'Hara will assume editorial responsibility for Drum East Africa and True Love East Africa, True Love West Africa, Kick Off Nigeria, weekly soccer newspaper GOAL! and the soon-to-be...

21 Jan 2008

Journalists in exile

Over the past six years, the Committee to Protect Journalists has documented 243 cases of journalists who have been forced to flee their home country to avoid harassment and imprisonment. On average, three journalists a month make this escape, with less than 15% of them ever seeing home again....

20 Jun 2007

Group decision to defy SABC – Perlman

“John Perlman’s on-air confrontation of SABC black-listing practices was not a ‘spur of the moment’ one”, writes IOL, but was “very carefully considered” and “made after discussions among concerned SABC staff members”. For more, click here....

7 Mar 2007

ICASA to look into FXI’s SABC complaint

The Freedom of Expression Institute’s complaint that the SABC is in violation of the Broadcast Act is to be investigated by the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA), reports Business Day. For more, click here....

6 Mar 2007

John Perlman’s last show

Friday, 2 March 2007, marked the last SAfm morning radio show by veteran journalist John Perlman. His departure, reports IOL, was heralded "by protests and extraordinary tributes, including a full-page advertisement endorsed by Cosatu and 221 prominent people and organisations” and “a Zapiro cartoon...

5 Mar 2007

Naspers to raise capital for tech development

Naspers is intending to raise R5.36 billion “to exploit new technologies and print media in emerging markets”, reports ITWeb, as “part of its strategy of focusing on investment opportunities in its core platforms of pay television, Internet, mobile and print media within emerging markets”. For more,...

28 Feb 2007

Don’t lock media out - Fin24

“Keeping journalist out of AGMs and other shareholders’ meetings is tantamount to corporate censorship, and hardly upholds the spirit of transparency and access to information,” writes Fin24’s Marc Hasenfuss in connection with the recent barring of journalists from the JD Group and Astral Food AGMs....

22 Feb 2007

Magazine sector cannabilising itself – Anton Harber

“The latest print media sales figures,” writes Anton Harber, Caxton professor of journalism and media studies at Wits University, in his blog The Harbinger, “show a healthy newspaper sector and a hugely competitive magazine sector which is cannabilising itself.” For more, click here....

20 Feb 2007

Robert Kirby mourned

Long-time Mail & Guardian columnist Robert Kirby has passed away, reports the Mail & Guardian Online. Following a long illness, he died on Cape Town on Friday night, 9 February 2007. For more, click here....

12 Feb 2007

Bid to privatise Primedia

Two of Primedia’s largest shareholders, Issie and Wiliam Kirsh and the Mineworkers Investment Company, are offering R6 billion to take the media group private, reports Business Day. Listed among Primedia’s assets are 94.7 Highveld Stereo, 702 Talk Radio and Ster-Kinekor. For more, click here....

9 Feb 2007

Ifra revamps website

DARMSTADT, GERMANY: The redesigned corporate website for international newspaper and media publishing organisation Ifra ( includes new navigation; a choice of content in five languages (English, French, German, Spanish and Swedish); the repositioning of the latest news on the homepage;...

23 Jan 2007

FIPP Congress extends early bird discount

The "early bird" registration deadline for the 36th FIPP World Magazine Congress, 13 - 15 May 2007, in Beijing, China has been extended until 31 January 2007. This is due to technical problems as a result of damage to the Internet link between the Chinese mainland and foreign countries following an...

17 Jan 2007

Acting chief for ICASA

Stan Mamaregane has been appointed as acting chief executive of the Independent Communications Authority of SA (ICASA), writes Business Report. This follows the resignation of Jackie Manche on 22 December 2006, who left before the disciplinary hearing concerning allegations of violating the Public...

17 Jan 2007

Naspers eyes Russia, Bekker going on sabbatical writes that, according to CEO Koos Bekker, Naspers is "seriously investigating" business opportunities in Russian. Meanwhile, Bekker will be taking a year's unpaid sabbatical next year to return fresh and up-to-date with new media developments for his last five years at the helm before...

29 Nov 2006

SABC in trouble with SAPS

The Citizen reports that the SABC has been rapped over the knuckles by the South African Police Service for "revealing inside information on an ongoing police investigation" concerning the escaped C-Max prisoner. For more, click here....

29 Nov 2006

Hunt on for next YouTube

Reuters India reports that the top priority next year among US film, TV and Internet media executives will be the search for the "next YouTube", in the words of CBS chief executive, Leslie Moonves. For more, click here....

28 Nov 2006

Media walk out of 2010 press conference

Earlier this week, after being kept waiting for over an hour by soccer officials, "angry print and radio reporters and TV crews - among them representatives of the BBC and Associated Press" - walked out before spokesperson for the 2010 Fifa World Cup Local Organising Committee, Tumi Makgabo,...

23 Nov 2006

Journ competition held at Rhodes

During September 2006, The South African magazine hosted a writing competition for third-year journalism students at Rhodes University. In only 750 words, the budding writers were required to compile an article that offered insight and illumination into one South African individual's life. Judges...

22 Nov 2006

2006 ICT Journalist of the Year entries now open

Closing date for entries to the 2006 Telkom ICT Journalist of the Year competition is 15 January 2007. The seven categories that journalists reporting on ICT issues ,ay enter their work into include Print - Mainstream Newspapers, Print - Magazine, Community and Citizen Journalist, Broadcast...

17 Nov 2006

Is Johncom/Caxton merger more likely now?

Now that it has been confirmed that Naspers is indeed buying Johncom's stake in M-Net and SuperSport, speculation once again has returned to the likelihood of Johncom being merged with Caxton (or 'Moolmanisation', as Chris Moerdyk puts it), according to Business Day. For more, click here....

17 Nov 2006

Al-Jazeera English begins broadcasting

The English TV sister news channel of Qatar's Arabic Al-Jazeera began broadcasting on Wednesday, 15 November 2006, reports the Mail & Guardian Online. Al-Jazeera English "hopes to reach a potential audience of 80 million viewers by cable and satellite, mostly in Asia, Africa and Europe" and "has...

16 Nov 2006

Naspers CEO wins entrepreneur award

Koos Bekker, CEO of Naspers, was named the winner of the Best Category at the South African Chapter of the 2006 Ernst & Young World Entrepreneur Awards, held on Wednesday night, 15 November 2006.

16 Nov 2006

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