Right to Information law not for media alone – Coalition

30 April, 2016 / By Emmanuel Odonkor, Ghana Bussines News A right to information activist says parliament’s delay in passing the Right to Information Bill for Ghanaian citizens may be due to politicians’ misconstruing of the law as one for the media and their fear that it will give too much power to the media. Ms…

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Newspapers: Staying relevant in the digital age

April 29, 2016 / By Gwen Lister, African Free Press After four decades in print, Gwen Lister says she’s been called a “dinosaur” because she was and remains a believer in newspapers – even in the face of the digital tsunami. Gwen Lister is the Founding Editor and currently Publisher of The Namibian newspaper. As the digital…

The state of media freedom in Africa

26 April, 2016 / By Bizcommunity  Over 40 journalists and media experts have assessed the state of media freedom and expression, access to information and media pluralism and diversity in sub-Saharan Africa – providing all articles for publication to all media at no charge on World Press Freedom Day. The Media Institute of Southern Africa…

Media should be free and diverse, not a geopolitical tool

26 April, 2016 / By  Benjamin Cunningham Published in The Slovak Spectator Slovakia ranks 12th in the annual global ranking of press freedom; Central Europe fare less well. If the latest report released by Reporters Without Borders is to be believed, last year was a bad one for journalism. Though Slovakia ranks high, 12th, in this annual…

Myanmar media still repressed: watchdog

25 April, 2016 / By Nick Baker in Myanmar Times Myanmar remains one of the most repressive media environments in the world, according to a new report. The 2016 World Press Freedom Index, prepared by international media watchdog Reporters Without Borders, ranked Myanmar 143 out of 180 countries included in the assessment. The overall score…

Alarming trends in media freedom blight Europe

23 April, 2016 / By Pier Luigi Parcu in Euroactiv.com Freedom of expression and media pluralism are principles enshrined in the EU’s Charter of Fundamental Rights. Member states are bound to guarantee them, as they represent the essence of liberal democracies. But Pier Luigi Parcu asks whether this is true in practice. Pier Luigi Parcu…

‘Ley de medios’ coloca a Uruguay primero en ranking de libertad de prensa en América del Sur

April 21, 2016 / By Gustavo Gómez, UyPress Uruguay primero en ranking de libertad de prensa en América del Sur. Sube tres puestos respecto de 2015 por aprobación de Ley de Servicios de Comunicación Audiovisual. El ranking de la prestigiosa organización internacional Reporteros Sin Fronteras (RSF) “Clasificación Mundial de la Libertad de Prensa 2016” publicado el…

World Press Freedom Index: Indian media is under stress

21 April, 2016 / By ET Brandequity Media in India continues to be under stress as the country figures low at 133 out of 180 nations in the latest World Press Freedom Index. The international watchdog said, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is being ‘indifferent’ to threats against scribes. The damning report by Paris-based free press…