media regulation

Guidelines for Journalists Reporting from Conflict Areas

ActionAid Nigeria has developed guidelines for Nigerian journalists reporting from conflict areas.

 “Conflict and Niger Delta Reporting” includes recommendations for fair and balanced reporting and urges journalists not to promote the escalation of violence.

“Within the limits of what is going on in the area, journalists have done well. But we feel that they have enormous responsibility…and if not well managed, could lead to the degeneration of what is going on in the Niger Delta”, says Gbenro Olajuyigbe, advisor to ActionAid on human security in conflict and emergencies.

SABC Releases 2007/8 Annual Report

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has published its annual report for 2008.
In a press statement, the public broadcaster says it has made some strides in delivering on its public service mandate, despite facing significant challenges.

The corporation has also expanded its transmission footprint in television and radio to reach more under serviced areas, and it is now reaching over 20 million South Africans through 18 radio stations and four television channels.

Publishing Workshop

Publishing and Alternative Licensing Models (PALM) South Africa is hosting a Publishing Workshop from 3-4 November 2008 in Cape Town.

Digital technologies and the liberalising of licensing regimes have the potential to open up access to knowledge in the digital age. New flexible copyright licensing practices offer a 'some rights reserved' environment - a middle ground between 'all rights reserved' and the public domain. Publishers are experimenting with new models that allow them to take advantage of new opportunities while still recovering their investment.

Press Statement: SOS Campaign Comments on SABC Progress

The civil society “Save our SABC” (SOS) campaign welcomes progress on the SABC crisis. The public broadcaster is debilitated by allegations and counter-allegations between the Board and management. The Group Chief Executive Officer and the Head of News of the corporation remain suspended. Given this stand-off – and its severe consequences for the public broadcaster – some urgent progress is required.

Written Submission by the SOS Coalition on the Broadcasting Act Amendment Bill (72 of 2008)

The SOS Campaign made a detailed written submission endorsed by 12 organisations covering a diversity of interests and perspectives. The organisations included all those represented on the working group as well as IDASA, the Institute for the Advancement of Journalism (IAJ), SANGONET, the South African History Archives (SAHA), the Freedom of Expression Network (FXN) and the Independent Producers Organisation (IPO).

The submission included the following:

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