Media freedom has come a long way in Africa, but it’s still precarious

May 6, 2016/ Previosly publisued by LSE Media project Tawana Kupe, Deputy Vice Chancellor and Associate Professor in Media Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand, examines the increase of media freedom in Africa and highlights some obstacles still to be overcome. Reporters Without Borders’ latest World Press Freedom Index shows two interesting things. Namibia, ranked…

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Tanzania: Media Stakeholders’ Opinions On Press Freedom

May 6, 2016 / By Pius Rugonzibwa, in All AfricaBy Pius Rugonzibwa Mwanza — Media professionals and stakeholders this week convened in Mwanza to commemorate World Press Freedom Day (WPRD) graced by the Chief Justice Mohamed Chande Othman as the Guest of Honour. The media event attracted a number of dignitaries including the Minister for Information,…

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…

Govt media crackdown unacceptable, says Chamisa

12 November 2015 / By New Zimbabwe OPPOSITION MDC-T legislator, Nelson Chamisa, has described as “deplorable and unpleasant” the press crackdown by government which has seen the arrest of journalists from both the private and public media. In a statement this week, Chamisa, also an advocate in Harare, said the State was “effectively criminalising journalism…

Burundi descends into communication ‘blackout’

16 May 2015 / Elsa Buchanan. International Business Times UK A day after an attempted coup in Burundi failed, the country has descended into a communications “blackout”, as all but one media have been shut down and opposition leaders say they are fearing a post-coup repression. Following weeks of protest, the Burundian army announced a coup on 13…

Pressure on media not to cover opposition election campaign

19 January 2015 / By Reporters Without Reporters Without Borders condemns attacks on media pluralism during the campaign for tomorrow’s presidential election in Zambia due to the ruling Patriotic Front’s harassment and threats against several news outlets. Media coverage has also been very partisan during the campaign, with the main opposition party, the United Party…