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As press freedom continues to struggle in Kenya, alternatives keep hope alive
As press freedom continues to struggle in Kenya, alternatives keep hope aliveArticle

As we mark World Press Freedom Day 2021, let us remember that 2020 was terrible for the press in many parts of the world...

Wambui Wamunyu 3 days ago

AI, freedom of expression and the press
AI, freedom of expression and the pressArticle

A free press or media has an important role to play in democracies as it is responsible for gathering and distributing the information that citizens use to decide how they are going to vote...

Hanno Brink 3 days ago

UKZN Centre for Creative Arts, Netherlands Embassy to present inaugural Artfluence Human Rights Arts Fest
UKZN Centre for Creative Arts, Netherlands Embassy to present inaugural Artfluence Human Rights Arts FestArticle

In partnership with the Embassy of the Netherlands, the University of Kwazulu-Natal's (UKZN) Centre for Creative Arts will present the inaugural Artfluence Human Rights Arts Festival from Wednesday, 5 May to Saturday, 8 May 2021. The festival will be held online and focus on arts, constitution and democracy.

15 Apr 2021

Basa Assembly draws creative and business sectors together
Basa Assembly draws creative and business sectors togetherArticle

Complex conversations and the stirrings of systemic change were the hallmarks of the inaugural Business and Arts South Africa (Basa) Assembly held from 24-26 March 2021...

Issued by Business and Arts South Africa 30 Mar 2021

Committee adopts Electoral Laws Amendment Bill
Committee adopts Electoral Laws Amendment BillArticle

The Portfolio Committee on Home Affairs has adopted the Electoral Laws Amendment Bill (B22B-2020) with amendments proposed by the National Council of Provinces (NCOP)...

15 Mar 2021

High Court recognises abuse in Slapp suit
High Court recognises abuse in Slapp suitArticle

A recent High Court judgment confirmed the importance of public dialogue and debate in a healthy democracy...

Odette Geldenhuys 15 Feb 2021

Vodacom Journalist of the Year announces winners
Vodacom Journalist of the Year announces winnersArticle

Winners of the 19th Vodacom Journalist of the Year (VJOY) awards have been announced, with AmaBhungane's Susan Comrie and eNCA's Dasen Thathiah sharing top honours...

23 Nov 2020

What are the IP implications of virtual reality?
What are the IP implications of virtual reality?Article

Virtual reality has been on the rise in the past years and is a growing and dynamic area of technological advancement and development. In 2020, through necessity, many of us have found ourselves conducting various aspects of our lives, everything from business meetings to birthday parties, through virtual platforms...

Nicole Smalberger 19 Nov 2020

Digital democracy is still a long way off in Africa: it takes more than technology
Digital democracy is still a long way off in Africa: it takes more than technologyArticle

From the mid-2000s onwards, the digital revolution raised hopes of democratic transformation and strengthening in Africa. But it hasn't quite turned out like that...

Nic Cheeseman and Lisa Garbe 2 Oct 2020

South Africa needs to scale its creative economy
South Africa needs to scale its creative economyArticle

If South Africa is to ever thrive, it needs to evolve and truly start to compete in the knowledge economy...

Glenn Gillis 21 Sep 2020

What's the limit for free speech? Concourt to hear Qwelane case
What's the limit for free speech? Concourt to hear Qwelane caseArticle

Civil society organisations have made court submissions on both sides of the debate...

Tania Broughton 16 Sep 2020

Newzroom Afrika stalwarts take on key roles in Sanef
Newzroom Afrika stalwarts take on key roles in SanefArticle

Two of Newzroom Afrika's top journalists - politics editor Sbu Ngalwa and news director Katy Katopodis - were elected to the leadership of the SA National Editors Forum (Sanef)...

Issued by Newzroom Afrika 25 Aug 2020

Implications of the Draft Films and Publications Amendment Regulations for online distributors
Implications of the Draft Films and Publications Amendment Regulations for online distributorsArticle

The draft Films and Publications Amendment Regulations 2020 (Regulations) which were recently published for public comment in South Africa, have significant implications for online distributors in their current form. The Regulations apply to the sale, hiring and streaming of content on various digital platforms in South Africa...

Janet MacKenzie and Reinhardt Biermann 30 Jul 2020

President concerned about constitutionality of performers bill
President concerned about constitutionality of performers billArticle

President Cyril Ramaphosa has referred the Copyright Amendment Bill and the Performers' Protection Amendment Bill to the National Assembly, because of his reservations on the constitutionality of the legislation passed by Parliament...

24 Jun 2020

Youth Day 2020: Safeguarding children's rights in the digital era
Youth Day 2020: Safeguarding children's rights in the digital eraArticle

On 16 June annually, South Africa commemorates the Soweto youth uprising of 1976. More than four decades later, the youth of today continue to grapple with a vast array of challenges to the full realisation of their fundamental rights, both on- and offline...

Avani Singh, Issued by IAB South Africa 17 Jun 2020

R14m defamation case between Australian miners and critics will make legal history
R14m defamation case between Australian miners and critics will make legal historyArticle

South African legal history will be made in the Cape High Court on Tuesday [today] where the first part of novel litigation involving a R14.25m defamation suit by mining interests against activists has been set down for hearing. The defendants argue that it is a 'SLAPP' suit...

John Yeld 9 Jun 2020

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Controls to manage fake news in Africa are affecting freedom of expressionArticle

Governments across the world are responding to the Covid-19 pandemic. Alongside the mountain of related challenges, fake news has become a source of frustration. Some are now referring to this fake news phenomenon as a 'disinfodemic'...

Ashwanee Budoo 18 May 2020

Volodymyr Zelensky, President of Ukraine, at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on 22 January 2020. EPA-EFE/GIAN EHRENZELLER.
Wan-Ifra concerned over proposed media bill threatening freedom of expression - UkraineArticle

Wan-Ifra is concerned over a new proposed media bill threatening freedom of expression in the Ukraine...

14 Apr 2020

The consequences of spreading fake news about Covid-19
The consequences of spreading fake news about Covid-19Article

Social media and particularly fake news are adding fuel to the sense of uncertainty during the Covid-19 lockdown. What does our law say taking into account the regulations published by the government amid the pandemic?

Veronica Vurgarellis & Tiro Moticoe 1 Apr 2020

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Wan-Ifra president writes open letter: Quality journalism in troubled timesArticle

In an open letter published over the weekend, Wan-Ifra president, Fernando de Yarza López-Madrazo, has called for short-term financing to overcome the economic downturn caused by the coronavirus. ...

31 Mar 2020

In happier and less challenging times: world leaders and guests pose for a picture on the second day of the annual G7 summit in Biarritz, France, August 2019. Photo by Andrew Parsons - Pool/Getty Images
All world leaders face mega Covid-19 crises: how Ramaphosa is stacking upArticle

The Covid-19 pandemic is an extreme crisis that puts government under severe pressure. It puts the political judgement of the president or prime minister under the most intense spotlight...

Richard Calland 26 Mar 2020

#WhatWomenWant in 2020: Welcome to the new era of progressive marketing
#WhatWomenWant in 2020: Welcome to the new era of progressive marketingArticle

This week, in celebration of International Women's Day, Kantar hosted engaging afternoon presentations at its Cape Town and Johannesburg offices where Jane Bloomfield, chief growth officer from the UK, talked through findings from Kantar's #WhatWomenWant global study...

Leigh Andrews, Issued by Kantar 12 Mar 2020

Ebony + Ivory pulls off Brand SA's Giyani Activation Constitution Awareness Campaign in under a week
Ebony + Ivory pulls off Brand SA's Giyani Activation Constitution Awareness Campaign in under a weekArticle

Ebony + Ivory recently facilitated Brand South Africa's Giyani Activation Constitution Awareness Campaign...

Issued by Ebony+Ivory 6 Mar 2020

Claim your digital ID while there's time
Claim your digital ID while there's timeArticle

The arrival of Summer is the perfect opportunity for young South Africans to log onto the world wide web and claim their digital identities...

17 Dec 2019

Fighting breaks out as security personnel attempt to re-arrest Nigerian activist and journalist Omoyele Sowore at the Federal High Court in Abuja, Nigeria, on December 6, 2019. Sowore and other activist-journalists have been jailed in Nigeria and Ethiopia amid a crackdown on free expression. Credit: CPJ/Reuters/Afolabi Sotunde.
Nigeria and Ethiopia jail activist-journalists amid crackdown on free expressionArticle

The ongoing detentions of Nigerian publisher Agba Jalingo and Ethiopian editor Fekadu Mahtemework, don't tell the whole story of their governments' crackdowns on freedom of expression...

Muthoki Mumo and Jonathan Rozen 11 Dec 2019

Journalist Nazli Ilicak is embraced after her release from prison in Istanbul in November 2019, after a court ordered her free on time served at a retrial. Two of her colleagues remain in prison on terrorism related charges, among the 47 journalists jailed in Turkey. Credit: CPJ/Reuters/Huseyin Aldemir.
The world's worst jailers of journalistsArticle

The number of journalists imprisoned globally for their work in 2019 remains near record highs. China, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Egypt are world's worst jailers of journalists...

Elana Beiser 11 Dec 2019

Court rules that child offenders, victims and witnesses may not be named - even in adulthood
Court rules that child offenders, victims and witnesses may not be named - even in adulthoodArticle

Child offenders, child victims and child witnesses may not be named - even in adulthood, the Constitutional Court ruled on Wednesday...

Tania Broughton 5 Dec 2019

Understanding the SCA's freedom of expression judgment
Understanding the SCA's freedom of expression judgmentArticle

The Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) judgment in the Jon Qwelane case removes the concept of "hurt" from South Africa's hate speech laws. It affirms freedom of expression...

Tania Broughton 3 Dec 2019

IPFA winners, New York.
International Press Freedom Awards announcedArticle

CPJ gala recognises courageous journalists from developing democracies, celebrates press freedom...

27 Nov 2019

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Legal pitfalls of offensive branding - Part 2Article

Offensive trademarks have also been in the news of late. In the USA, an Asian-American band applied to register their band name 'The Slants' at the US trademarks office. However, the application was refused on the basis of local legislation prohibiting the registration of offensive or disparaging marks...

Kareema Shaik 19 Nov 2019

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Journalists at risk ahead of unity government in SudanArticle

South Sudanese authorities confiscated the accreditation and work permit of Associated Press' correspondent, Sam Mednick, last week.

5 Nov 2019

Maxence Melo Mubyazi.
CPJ announces 2019 International Press Freedom AwardsArticle

The Committee to Protect Journalists will honour journalists from Brazil, India, Nicaragua, and Tanzania with the 2019 International Press Freedom Awards...

23 Oct 2019

2019 BASA special awards recipients
2019 BASA special awards recipientsArticle

In addition to the BASA Awards, three special awards are made annually at the discretion of the BASA Board of Directors to celebrate remarkable contributions by individuals, organisations and businesses...

Issued by Business and Arts South Africa 18 Oct 2019

National Moot Court Competition winners
National Moot Court Competition winnersArticle

The final judgment of the 2019 edition of the National Moot Court Competition is in, and the winners of the annual challenge is a team hailing from the Eastern Cape...

3 Oct 2019

Court victory for transgender prisoners
Court victory for transgender prisonersArticle

The Equality Court has ruled that a woman transgender inmate may express her gender identity while incarcerated in an all-male prison. The court ruled, on 23 September, that the inmate is allowed to wear her hair long; wear make-up; wear female clothing and be addressed by officials using female pronouns...

Ohene Yaw Ampofo-Anti 30 Sep 2019

Eritrean President Isaias Afewerki and Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed during a ceremony marking the reopening of the Eritrean Embassy in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on July 16, 2018. A recent thawing of relations between the two countries did not lead to improved conditions for the media in Eritrea. Credit: CPJ/Reuters/Tiksa Negeri.
10 most censored countriesArticle

In Africa, Eritrea and Equatorial Guinea make the list of the Committee to Protect Journalists' special report on the Top 10 Most Censored Countries in the world...

13 Sep 2019

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

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

Ronald Kakungulu-Mayambala 10 Sep 2019

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Spotlight on human rights in MozambiqueArticle

Human rights and freedom of expression organisations sent an open letter to Pope Francis on the eve of his three-day visit to Mozambique...

5 Sep 2019

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Future of Journalism: A sector in crisisArticle

The future of journalism is about the future of democracy, but all over the world journalism is in a crisis - a crisis that threatens not only the journalism sector but democracy itself...

Danette Breitenbach 30 Aug 2019

PIC: Ethiopians follow the news on television at a cafe in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Sunday, June 23, 2019. Ethiopian authorities arrested journalist Mesganaw Getachew on August 9 after he filmed outside a court in Addis Ababa. Credit: CPJ/AP Photo/Mulugeta Ayene.
Ethiopian authorities arrest journalist Mesganaw GetachewArticle

Ethiopian authorities arrest journalist Mesganaw Getachew after he films outside court...

23 Aug 2019

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Guinea media leader arrestedArticle

The African Editors Forum (TAEF) strongly condemns the arrest of one of the leading lights of African media, Souleymane Diallo of Guinea Conakry...

21 Aug 2019

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Futureproofing SA's magazine industryArticle

In 2018 several popular printed magazine titles closed their doors, with others adjusting their frequencies...

Peter Metcalfe 21 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 unrestArticle

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

13 Aug 2019

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Aspiring to be like James BondArticle

It is important to reflect on the impact that representations of hyper-masculinity in the media have on society, write Laurie Less and Oupa Makhalemele...

Laurie Less and Oupa Makhalemele 31 Jul 2019

Maxence Melo Mubyazi from Tanzania's Jamii media.
Tanzanian among annual press freedom awards honoureesArticle

CPJ's annual International Press Freedom Awards and benefit dinner will honour courageous journalists from around the world...

17 Jul 2019

Law of Defamation: Why the EFF lost to Manuel
Law of Defamation: Why the EFF lost to ManuelArticle

In the recent case of Trevor Manuel v Economic Freedom Fighters and Others (the EFF), the Joburg High Court was tasked with determining whether an entity or person that was not part of the print and broadcast media could raise the defence of reasonable publication to a claim of defamation...

Jackie Lafleur and Rui Lopes 1 Jul 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.
CPJ urges Tanzania lawmakers to revise proposed legislative amendmentsArticle

The Committee to Protect Journalists has urged Tanzanian lawmakers to revise a set of proposed legislative amendments which restrict freedom of expression...

27 Jun 2019

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