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Date: 26 Aug 2016
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Is print media dead?

It is no longer business as usual, but there is a future for print in Africa, yet...

By Samuel O. Adeyemi 26 May 2016

Zanu-PF youth league launches magazine
Zanu-PF youth league launches magazine

The Zanu-pf Youth League has launched a bi-monthly magazine to provide a platform for its members to interact and exchange knowledge...

26 Jan 2016

Calling Africa's journalists...
Calling Africa's journalists...

CNN International and MultiChoice this week officially launched the CNN MultiChoice African Journalist 2015 Awards...

17 Apr 2015

SADC Media Awards entries now open
SADC Media Awards entries now open

Entries to the 2015 South African Chapter of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Media Awards competition are officially open...

28 Jan 2015

Redefinition launches Happenings
Redefinition launches Happenings

Bulawayo-based marketing company, Redefinition, in partnership with Instant Solutions & Consultancy, has launched an events and hospitality magazine titled Happenings...

23 Sep 2014

Anton Harber
Bloomberg's Africa media plan raises questions

It may be imprudent to write this about someone who is spending $10m on African journalism. But then, of all the things I have been accused of in my time, prudence was never among them.

By Anton Harber 7 Feb 2014

Imposing one story on Africa is doing it a disservice
Imposing one story on Africa is doing it a disservice

The African Media Leaders Forum in Addis Ababa last week ended on a weak note: Politicians want the media to generate a new, positive African narrative.

By Anton Harber 15 Nov 2013

The state of the nation: Advertising in Africa
The state of the nation: Advertising in Africa

Is Africa the Dark Continent when it comes to the advertising industry? On the contrary, says Alan Edgar, Regional Creative Director, Ogilvy Africa and one of regional judges for African and Middle Eastern categories at this year's Loeries. It's alive and vibrant, but in dire need of world-class tertiary training institutions to tap into that potential.

By Staff Reporter 21 Sep 2013

Danette Breitenbach
Y&R: I have an agency...

Y&R is committed to having 20 agencies on the African continent by 2015. Leading the charge to achieve this is Yossi Schwartz, chairman of Y&R South Africa.

By Danette Breitenbach 5 Sep 2013

Journalist in Zimbabwe battling for life after being kidnapped, assaulted

CHINHOYI, ZIMBABWE: Freelance journalist, Paul Pindani, is reportedly battling for life after he was abducted from his home and severely assaulted in Mashonaland West's provincial capital of Chinhoyi on Friday, 14 June 2013.

20 Jun 2013

ZBC employees appeal to Mugabe over salaries

Disgruntled Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) employees, who have not been paid for the past three months, have appealed to president Robert Mugabe to intervene to address their plight.

3 Jun 2013

Search for bravest women journalists
Search for bravest women journalists

WASHINGTON, US: The International Women's Media Foundation (IWMF) is seeking nominations for its 2013 Courage in Journalism Awards and Lifetime Achievement Award.

22 Feb 2013

15th IACC calls for young journos from sub-Saharan Africa
15th IACC calls for young journos from sub-Saharan Africa

Transparency International and the hosts of the 15th International Anti-Corruption Conference (15th IACC) invite young journalists working in the sub-Saharan Africa region to be part of the anti-corruption conference to be held in Brasilia, Brazil from 7-10 November 2012.

7 Aug 2012

When editorial cartoons cross the line

Editorial cartoons can be important as signposts of history. They are good too as mirrors of social-political developments in any country. But in a deeply polarised political environment, as was the case in Zimbabwe before the establishment of the inclusive government, editorial cartoons tend to mirror one-sided political ideology while disregarding rationale.

By Knowledge Mushohwe 25 Jul 2012

Zimbabwe: Keeping it at the cutting edge

Our management at Alpha Media Holdings, publishers of three national newspaper titles, recently made changes at NewsDay and the Zimbabwe Independent to refresh the editorial teams and give them a bit of zing.

By Dumisani Muleya 27 Feb 2012

Gregory Gondwe
Blantyre Newspapers dismisses 44 employees

The month of August seemed to have casted a bad spell on Malawi media as on the day that state broadcaster, the Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) retained over 400 employees out of over 700, Malawi's oldest newspaper company, the Blantyre Newspapers Limited (BNL) fired 44 employees.

By Gregory Gondwe 1 Sep 2011

Press freedom celebrations tempered with concerns
Press freedom celebrations tempered with concerns

Yesterday, Tuesday, 3 May 2011, was the 20th anniversary of World Press Freedom Day, begun in Namibia as the Declaration of Windhoek, a statement of principles calling for a free, independent and pluralistic media throughout the world. Celebrations around the world were tempered with concerns about the erosion of press freedom and in South Africa, SANEF called on Government to review its proposed legislations that has seen SA downgrade from 'free press' to 'partly free'.

4 May 2011

Decline in press freedom experienced in key countries - report
Decline in press freedom experienced in key countries - report

WASHINGTON: The number of people worldwide with access to free and independent media declined to its lowest level in over a decade, according a Freedom House study released yesterday, 2 May 2011. The report, Freedom of the Press 2011: A global survey of media independence, found that a number of key countries experienced significant declines, producing a global landscape in which only one in six people live in countries with a press that is designated Free.

3 May 2011

Concern mounts over missing SA journo as govt scrambles to assist
Concern mounts over missing SA journo as govt scrambles to assist

As concern mounts over the fate of Anton Hammerl, a South African photographer missing in Libya alongside two US journalists and one Spanish photographer, the Presidency said yesterday, Wednesday, 20 April 2011, that President Jacob Zuma has been briefed on the attempts made by the SA mission in Libya to locate Hammerl. Reports from Washington DC also suggest that the White House is very concerned about their well-being and it is trying hard to assist them in any way it can.

By Issa Sikiti da Silva 21 Apr 2011

African politicians ban media to avoid criticism - Henry Maina
African politicians ban media to avoid criticism - Henry Maina

The fundamental reason that many African governments ban and harass the media has more to do with personal connotations than other issues, Kenya's Henry Maina, director of Article 19 Eastern Africa, told delegates at the two-day Regulations and Rights media conference last week in Johannesburg.

By Issa Sikiti da Silva 16 Mar 2011

Dario Milo and media law: is legal sky a limit for journalists?
Dario Milo and media law: is legal sky a limit for journalists?

There is some substantiated regulation of what the media can do and what it cannot do, but the balance must be struck between what the law has prescribed and freedom of expression, Prof Dario Milo, Wits University media law visiting professor and Webber & Wentzel partner, said last week in Johannesburg at the two-day Regulations and Rights media conference.

By Issa Sikiti da Silva 15 Mar 2011

What to do with critical media: to regulate or not to regulate?
What to do with critical media: to regulate or not to regulate?

As governments across the African continent come under increasing pressure from critical media, 'vulture' ruling parties believe the only way to deal with this 'surrogate opposition' is to regulate it through statutory mechanisms that will eventually dent its wayward reporting. But some African voices of reason, such as Zambia's Fred M'membe, argue that the restriction of good media never produces good media.

By Issa Sikiti da Silva 14 Mar 2011

African media is surrogate opposition - Prof Tawana Kupe
African media is surrogate opposition - Prof Tawana Kupe

Due to the lack of a strong and united political opposition, the media in Africa, at least those that are critical of government policies, becomes a powerful force called a surrogate opposition, Prof Tawana Kupe, dean of faculty of humanities at Wits University, said this week in Johannesburg.

By Issa Sikiti da Silva 11 Mar 2011

Media freedom, self-regulation: the Ghanaian experience
Media freedom, self-regulation: the Ghanaian experience

Until 1992, journalists and editors in Ghana, and the independent media in general, have suffered a lot at the hands of undemocratic regimes, which cracked down on critical reporting and imposed strict restrictions limiting media freedom. As a new, liberal constitution was being written in 1992, media activists came out guns blazing, demanding that media suffering end and reporting become free. [view twitterfall]

By Issa Sikiti da Silva 10 Mar 2011

Applications invited for UN journalism fellowships
Applications invited for UN journalism fellowships

The Dag Hammarskjöld Scholarship Fund for Journalists is now accepting applications from professional journalists from developing countries for its 2011 Fellowship Program. The application deadline is 6 April 2011.

By Carole Kimutai 10 Mar 2011

African media and the self-regulation dilemma
African media and the self-regulation dilemma

As the independent media in Africa is engaged in a fierce battle against repressive and not-so-democratic governments keen to sweep their corrupt wrongdoings under the carpet, the issue of self-regulation has become almost like a daily bread in many parts of the continent. [view twitterfall]

By Issa Sikiti da Silva 10 Mar 2011

Right of access to information hampered by govts - media conference
Right of access to information hampered by govts - media conference

The right of access to information is being hampered in many parts of the world, especially in Africa, by government officials wary of journalists' desire to 'embarrass' them, and the state's 'insincere' reason of hiding behind the issue of national security. This emerged today, Wednesday, 9 March 2011, at the Regulations and Rights media conference at Wits University in Johannesburg. [view twitterfall]

By Issa Sikiti da Silva 9 Mar 2011

ZMC pushes for creation of statutory media complaints body

The Zimbabwe Media Commission (ZMC) has begun the process of setting up a media complaints council to regulate journalists against unethical conduct, but critics charge the law under which such a body is being created will discredit the institution.

By Staff reporter 22 Feb 2011

Research Bureau International wins Zim media survey tender

Research Bureau International has won the tender to conduct the All Media and Products Survey (ZAMPS) over a two-year period from 2011 to 2012 after a unanimous decision by the Zimbabwe Advertising Research Foundation (ZARF) board on Monday, 17 January 2011.

By Dumisani Ndlela 21 Jan 2011

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