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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 8 hours ago

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The rise of cancel cultureArticle

Tyrone Van Heerden, head of strategy at Iris, looks into the continuous trend of the cancel culture, the impact that it has on brands and how communications professionals can try and reduce the risk...

Tyrone Van Heerden 17 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

Adapting to the ever-changing requirements of brand safety
Adapting to the ever-changing requirements of brand safetyArticle

The most basic definition of brand safety is the set of measures marketers put in place to protect their brand, and its reputation, from negative or harmful digital content. The inclusion of the word 'digital' in that definition may be the reason the problem evolved to the extent that it almost feels unmanageable in 2020...

Megan Sayle, Issued by Dentsu Aegis Network 3 Sep 2020

#ACACaresCovid19: Pivoting to digital; audiences, privacy and access
#ACACaresCovid19: Pivoting to digital; audiences, privacy and accessArticle

Watch as senior IAB SA executive board members Claire Cobbledick, Avani Singh and Fahmeeda Cassim-Surtee have a female powerhouse discussion focused on pivoting to digital: audiences, privacy and access...

31 Aug 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

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

Get ready for the Films and Publications Amendment Act
Get ready for the Films and Publications Amendment ActArticle

On 2 October 2019, the President ratified the controversial Films and Publications Amendment Act, which has been described in the media as the "internet censorship bill" (the Act)...

Peter Grealy, Nozipho Mngomezulu, Karl Blom, Wendy Tembedza, Ziyanda Ngcobo, and Carla Collett 6 Nov 2019

Golden rules for WhatsApp communities
Golden rules for WhatsApp communitiesArticle

WhatsApp groups are proving increasingly more important for the dissemination of news that affects housing/street/suburb communities. But like many social platform technologies, they can be difficult to manage...

Issued by Private Property South Africa 30 Sep 2019

Workplace bullying vs unfair labour practices: What's the difference?
Workplace bullying vs unfair labour practices: What's the difference?Article

Bullying as a tactic for most people is either confined to playgrounds where children hang out, or the internet where trolls sling all types of derogatory comments. But bullying is equally prevalent in the workplace with dire consequences for both victims and organisations...

25 Sep 2019

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23 Sep 2019

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Fresh vigilance is needed to protect media freedom across AfricaArticle

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

Jeff Conroy-Krutz 2 Sep 2019

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Fake news and the role of the ordinary citizenArticle

Fake news is eroding trust in the media in Africa, fuelling hate speech and leading to violence in extreme instances...

12 Jul 2019

Changes to the regulatory landscape pave the way beyond elections
Changes to the regulatory landscape pave the way beyond electionsArticle

Legal professionals will need access to up-to-date legislation and case law to continue to serve the needs of their client base in 2019...

Issued by LexisNexis 25 Jun 2019

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed speaks during a press conference in Addis Ababa, in August 2018. Since Abiy's election, conditions for Ethiopia's journalists have improved, but some challenges remain. Credit: CPJ/AFP/Michael Tewelde.
How the media is faring in EthiopiaArticle

Under Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, Ethiopia's media have more freedom but challenges remain...

Muthoki Mumo 7 May 2019

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

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"...

Glenda Daniels 2 May 2019

Here are the arguments for and against banning the old South African flag
Here are the arguments for and against banning the old South African flagArticle

The Nelson Mandela Foundation is asking the Equality Court in Johannesburg to declare the display of the old South African flag hate speech and harassment under the Equality Act. The case is likely to set the boundaries between constitutionally-protected free speech, however offensive to some, and hate speech...

Ciaran Ryan 29 Apr 2019

Pippa Green is the new Press Ombud. © .
Pippa Green appointed as the new Press OmbudArticle

The South African Press Council has appointed Pippa Green, a renowned and seasoned journalist and writer as the new Press Ombud...

19 Feb 2019

Why employees need to mind their Ps and Qs on social media
Why employees need to mind their Ps and Qs on social mediaArticle

Social media represents one of the most significant developments in human communication and has undoubtedly changed the way we interact and share information...

14 Feb 2019

South Sudan bars newspaper from covering Sudanese protests
South Sudan bars newspaper from covering Sudanese protestsArticle

South Sudan's state media regulator should immediately lift an order barring a privately-owned newspaper from covering protests in neighbouring Sudan...

22 Jan 2019

Have your say on Hate Speech Bill
Have your say on Hate Speech BillArticle

Members of the public have until 31 January 2019 to make their voices heard on the Prevention and Combating of Hate Crimes and Hate Speech Bill...

11 Jan 2019

What can we do to support LGBTQI people in the workplace?
What can we do to support LGBTQI people in the workplace?Article

LGBTQI people face exclusion and discrimination in the workplace. People who are less advantaged socioeconomically are most at risk of poor treatment and marginalisation, and a different sexual and/or gender orientation to the majority exacerbates this...

Devan Moonsamy 28 Dec 2018

Brand safety: It's about more than fake news
Brand safety: It's about more than fake newsArticle

While brands have come under increasing scrutiny for funding fake news sites, however inadvertently, it's not the only online reputational risk they face...

Neil Pursey 22 Nov 2018

Alarming rise of racial insults in the workplace
Alarming rise of racial insults in the workplaceArticle

With an unsettling rise in the instances of racial slander in the workplace, what is this the norm in terms of dealing with cases of racial insults...?

Johnny Goldberg and Grant Wilkinson 12 Oct 2018

Only advertise on trusted publisher websites!
Only advertise on trusted publisher websites!Article

A large media company recently published an exposé on fake news websites and advertisers that mistakenly landed up advertising on these platforms...

Issued by Spark Media 11 Oct 2018

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Threats to media freedom in Africa: some old methods and some newArticle

The government of Benin has cancelled a recent decree that imposed a tax on users of platforms such as Twitter, Facebook and WhatsApp...

George Ogola 4 Oct 2018

Brand safety: A matter of conscious partnership
Brand safety: A matter of conscious partnershipArticle

Every business knows that their brand equity is as valuable as their bottom line...

Issued by IAB South Africa 1 Oct 2018

Mobile internet cut in Ethiopia
Mobile internet cut in EthiopiaArticle

Access to the internet was cut in Ethiopia's capital amid clashes and protests last week...

26 Sep 2018

Struggling with struggle songs during a strike
Struggling with struggle songs during a strikeArticle

Does the singing of struggle songs - with racial undertones - during a strike warrant dismissal of the employees...?

Johan Botes, Tracy Robbins and Rui Lopes 25 Sep 2018

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#YouthReport2018: Being a teenager in 2018, more pressure than peer pressureArticle

The fourth session of the UCT Unilever Institute of Strategic Marketing's Youth Report 2018 release, also presented by Martin Neethling, director of groceries at Pioneer Foods, shared insight into the pressures SA's youth are really under - there's more to it than just 'being a teenager'...

Leigh Andrews 6 Sep 2018

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A South African's guide to moving to and making it in Malta: Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittensArticle

At the end of August, I wrote that Malta has no hate crime on the statute books. A week later, an initiative has been launched aimed at tackling the proliferation of hate speech and bringing together a basic understanding of the dangerous discourse that has swamped social media...

Marcus 'The Maltese Falcon' Brewster 6 Sep 2018

A South African's guide to moving to and making it in Malta: Birds do it, bees do it
A South African's guide to moving to and making it in Malta: Birds do it, bees do itArticle

The Catzavelos hate speech case prompted Marcus 'The Maltese Falcon' Brewster to investigate whether hate crimes exist on the Maltese islands and his findings may surprise you...

Marcus 'The Maltese Falcon' Brewster 29 Aug 2018

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K-word user is a social media pariah, but he may escape prosecutionArticle

Social media exploded when a video of Johannesburg businessman, Adam Catzavelos, using the 'K-word' on a beach in Greece went viral...

24 Aug 2018

Social media for financial services: all the good and none of the bad
Social media for financial services: all the good and none of the badArticle

Social media is an excellent marketing tool, but in the wrong hands, it can also be severely damaging...

linda graham 20 Jun 2018

Renaissance Project to bring laws in-line with Constitution
Renaissance Project to bring laws in-line with ConstitutionArticle

Justice and Correctional Services Minister Michael Masutha says the department is spearheading a project that will help government bring laws in-line with the prescripts of the Constitution...

10 May 2018

Jail time for South African woman using racist slur sets new precedent
Jail time for South African woman using racist slur sets new precedentArticle

A South African estate agent, Vicky Momberg was caught on video verbally abusing a black policeman. The state brought a case of crimen injuria against Momberg and a court has sentenced her to three years in jail...

4 Apr 2018

Facebook, Google warn Singapore against 'fake news' law
Facebook, Google warn Singapore against 'fake news' lawArticle

SINGAPORE, Asia - Internet giants Facebook and Google on Thursday testified before a parliamentary committee in Singapore as they warned the city-state against introducing new laws to combat "fake news", saying that existing legislation is adequate to address the problem...

23 Mar 2018

Kenyan journalists feel heat of Government pressure
Kenyan journalists feel heat of Government pressureArticle

Freedom of the press in Kenya is facing its biggest challenge since independence, with government censorship on the rise both during and since last year's general election...

Sam Otieno 19 Mar 2018

SAFREA denounces 'Internet Censorship Bill'
SAFREA denounces 'Internet Censorship Bill'Article

The Southern African Freelancers' Association notes with concern the passing of the Films and Publications Amendment Bill, which authorises the Films and Publications Board to regulate online content...

Issued by SAFREA 19 Mar 2018

Cameroon: Media defies ban on political debate
Cameroon: Media defies ban on political debateArticle

Private media outlets in Cameroon are defying a ban on political programs imposed by the country's National Communication Council...

16 Mar 2018

Bills submitted to Parliament for approval
Bills submitted to Parliament for approvalArticle

Cabinet has approved three bills for submission into Parliament. These include the Prevention and Combating of Hate Crimes and Hate Speech Bill, iKamva National e-Skills Institute Bill, as well as Hydrographic Bill...

15 Mar 2018

#FutureAdAfrica: Brand safety is not optional, support local publishers
#FutureAdAfrica: Brand safety is not optional, support local publishersArticle

Marc du Plessis, joint CEO of Spark Media and head of the Publisher Council of the IAB, gave a keynote address at Future Ad Africa in Johannesburg yesterday on the subject of brand safety, trust and supporting the independent press...

Jessica Tennant 14 Mar 2018

Ugandan government to launch social media platforms in 2018
Ugandan government to launch social media platforms in 2018Article

The Ugandan government is considering creating its own social media platforms, to provide Ugandans with a "positive" local alternative to Facebook and Twitter...

22 Jan 2018

Instagram, Google+ join EU group fighting hate speech
Instagram, Google+ join EU group fighting hate speechArticle

BRUSSELS - Facebook's Instagram and the Google+ social network have agreed to join an EU-sponsored group of US internet giants to combat online extremism, EU officials said Friday...

22 Jan 2018

Twitter won't block world leaders, citing need for discourse
Twitter won't block world leaders, citing need for discourseArticle

Twitter announced Friday it would not block the accounts of world leaders even if their statements are "controversial," citing a need to promote a "public conversation" on political issues...

8 Jan 2018

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Social media companies should ditch clickbait, and compete over trustworthinessArticle

Social media websites and online services, created to profit from connecting people and encouraging global conversations, have a deep and troubling dark side...

Barbara Romzek and Aram Sinnreich 3 Jan 2018

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