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Dismay At Fatal Shooting of TV Reporter Covering Anti-Government Demonstration

Reporters Without Borders is shocked to learn that Ando Ratovonirina of privately-owned Radio et Télévision Analamanga (RTA) was shot dead while covering an anti-government demonstration outside the presidential palace in Antananarivo on 7 February.

The 25-year-old reporter and cameraman was among the scores of people who were killed or wounded when security forces opened fired on the protesters.

Cabinet to Consider Concept Paper on Women Ministry

A task team made up of women from government and NGOs is expected to finalise a concept paper next week and present it to Cabinet by the end of the month.

Minister in the presidency, Manto Tshabalala-Msimang, points out that: "The ministry's powers and functions will include policy and legislation, planning coordination, advocacy, programme implementation in areas such as poverty, managing South Africa's international relations and reporting on women and gender and also has its own deputy director."

Skweyiya Speaks Out on SRD

The Minister of Social Development, Zola Skweyiya, has appealed to NGOs not to create a false impression that the Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant is accessible by all South Africans, regardless of their economic standing.

Skweyiya says, "We appeal further to our traditional and local leaders, NGOs and faith based organisations who are assisting us in identifying and reaching poor households to dispense accurate information about who qualifies for the SRD."

MISA Welcomes Rejection of Film and Publication Bill

Press Release
 
30 January 2009

The South Africa Chapter of the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA-SA Chapter) welcomes President Motlanthe’s decision to not sign the Film & Publications Amendment Bill, citing that sections of the Bill are unconstitutional. Although Parliament passed the contentious Amendment Bill and the President has returned the matter back to legislature for further discussions.

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