NPP MP angry with the closure of 34 radio stations

September 30, 2017 / By Ghanaweb The New Patriotic Party (NPP) lawmaker for Ledzokuku in the Greater Accra Region, Dr. Bernard Okoe Boye is unhappy about the closure of 34 radio stations by the National communications Authority (NCA). “When a good action becomes a problem for the majority of people that action no matter its…

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PLAYBACK: ‘Newsfile’ on JoyNews

September 30. 2017/ By Ghanaweb The unfolding brouhaha emanating from corruption allegations levelled by controversial musician, A Plus against two Deputy Chiefs of Staff, Asenso-Boakye and Abu Jinapor never seems to end as a leaked audio conversation between A Plus and the Deputy Director of Police CID, Maame Yaa Tiwaa Addo-Danquah indicating that the investigative…

Draconian NCA fines troubling – NDC Minority

September 29, 2017 / By Nathan Gadugah The Minority in Parliament has described as “draconian” fines slapped on defaulting radio stations by the National Communications Authority. In a statement, the group insists the action by the regulator is “troubling” and may have “grave implications for press freedom and media pluralism.” The statement comes a day after…

La FEP denuncia presión política sobre los medios en Europa

September 24, 2017 / By Tercera Información.es El presidente de la Federación Europea de Periodistas (FEP), Mogens Blicher Bjerregård, rechaza «el creciente control político sobre los medios» El presidente de la Federación Europea de Periodistas (FEP), Mogens Blicher Bjerregård, defiende en su editorial del último newsletter de la organización que «la libertad de expresión es…

Media freedom in Montenegro: a survey of publications

21 September, 2017 / By rcmediafreedom The media sector in Montenegro is characterised by strong political polarisation. The few examples of non-aligned investigative journalism are subject to both direct and indirect pressure by the financial and political powers in the form of legal actions and, in the worst cases, of physical attacks to reporters and their property. The…

Press Freedom: Lessons That Big Democracies Like America And India Should Draw From Their Smaller Counterparts

September 20, 2017 / By Jhinuk Chowdhury At a time when the Fourth Estate of the world’s most powerful democracy—the US—is beginning to worry about the fate of its freedom of expression under the new Trump administration, some of the lesser known heroes of democracy—in Latin America, the Caribbean and Africa—are making significant strides in guaranteeing a free and an…

En Ucrania, temores de “terrorismo tecnológico” reducen libre expresión

20 September, 2017 / By Global Voices Olga Kyryliuk es una experta en Derecho Internacional con un doctorado y cofundadora de la ONG ucraniana Defensores Digitales Asociados – DDA (Партнери цифрового правозахисту en ucraniano), que se dedica a proteger los derechos humanos en línea y a promover la idea de internet libre, abierta y accesible para…

Corporación Catalana de Medios no pondrá en riesgo la seguridad jurídica de sus trabajadores por el referéndum

September, 15 / By La Vanguardia Evaluará “cómo proceder” si llega una nueva demanda de spot del referéndum   La presidenta en funciones de la Corporació Catalana de Mitjans Àudiovisuals (CCMA), Núria Llorach, ha afirmado este viernes que la corporación no pondrá en riesgo la seguridad jurídica de los trabajadores ante el referéndum convocado para…

Media In Moldova: Between Freedom And Monopoly – Analysis

September 14, 2017 / By Alla Rosca The greatest propagandist of Moldova pretends to be the great propaganda fighter,” remarked Maia Sandu, the pro-European leader of the Action and Solidarity Party, about Vladimir Plahotniuc’s recent legislative initiative. In June 2017, Plahotniuc, the chairman of Moldova’s Democratic Party, introduced legislation ostensibly intended to bolster the security…

Sierra Leone News: Alternatives to criminal libel

September 14, 2017 / By Sylvia Villa The provisions of Part 5 of the 1965 Public Order Act imposes criminal responsibility for defamatory and seditious libel publication. This section of the Public Order Act has been described by journalists as “odious” and “obnoxious”. For many journalists, they see the repeal of the Public Order Act as…