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Highway Africa Growth Pleases Kwabato

The director of Highway Africa, Chris Kwabato, says he is pleased that the conference is showing signs of growth since it started 18 years ago.

The annual conference, which is hosted by the Rhodes school of journalism and media studies, ends today (8 September 2014) in Grahamstown with more than 500 delegates from across the African Continent attending.

Kwabato says impact of social media on journalism is part of the theme this year, adding that the conference has also attracted delegates from beyond the continent.

Zim Laws to Curb Cyber-Crime

A government official has announced that Zimbabwe is crafting cyber laws to regulate activities on social media in order to protect its citizens and the state from cybercrimes.

Speaking to the parliamentary portfolio committee on Information Communication Technology, Cecilia Nyamutswa, Postal and Telecommunication Authority of Zimbabwe’s director for legal services, stated that that draft bills were ready and would soon be transmitted to the Attorney-General's office for legal direction and finalisation.

Swazi Govt Clamps Down on Free Speech

The Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC) expresses its deepest concern at reports from Swaziland that Vincent Ncongwane, secretary general of the Trade Union Congress of Swaziland (TUCOSWA), was prevented from speaking at a gathering.
 
Ncongwane, who returned from the United States (US) where he attended a civil society meeting held to coincide with the US-Africa Summit hosted by US President Barack Obama, was due to address the gathering on the outcomes of this visit.
 

ASA Rejects Complaint Against Teazers Ad

The Advertising Standards Authority of South Africa (ASA) has dismissed a complaint against a Teazers advertisement allegedly mocking people with bipolar disorder.
 
In a press statement, ASA states that there is nothing in the advertisement that unduly imposes any burden or obligation on those affected by the bipolar disorder in general.
 
The authority believes it cannot be said that the advertisement is in contravention of Clause 3.4 of Section II for the reasons advanced in the complaint.
 

Judgment Reserved on Porn Channels

The Western Cape High Court has reserved judgment on whether the decision to licence three porn pay channels should be reviewed.

The Justice Alliance of South Africa (JASA), Cause for Justice, and Doctors for Life argue on why the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) erred in licencing the channels.

Digital Media (operating as Top TV and later StarSat) was granted three licences in April to broadcast Playboy TV, Desire TV, and Brazzers, subject to conditions.

Zambia’s Digital Migration Deadline on Track

The Zambian government maintains that it is on course in meeting the deadline of migrating to Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) broadcasting from analogue as set by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) on 17 June 2015.

Information and Broadcasting Services, deputy minister, Poniso Njeulu, says Cabinet in March 2014 approved the policy on digital migration which set guidelines of migrating Zambia’s broadcasting sector from analogy.

Facebook Offers Free Internet Access

Facebook is launching a mobile application to give users in Zambia free access to a handful of online services on mobile phones, to broaden an effort of boosting Internet usage in underdeveloped countries.
 
In partnership with wireless operator Airtel, the Internet.org application will offer more than a dozen services including online encyclopaedia Wikipedia, websites devoted to weather, job listings and health information, as well as Facebook's own social network and messaging service.
 

Two Swazi Govt Critics Convicted

A lawyer in Swaziland says two government critics there have been found guilty of contempt of court in a case that focused attention on human rights in the landlocked African kingdom.

Sipho Gumedze, a human rights lawyer, says that the two critics - a lawyer and a magazine editor - are considering an appeal.

Lawyer, Thulani Maseko, and Bheki Makhubu, editor of Swaziland's The Nation magazine, have been charged after publishing articles in which they lamented alleged threats to judicial independence.

SA Closer to Digital Broadcasting Switch

The Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services says government will announce a date for the switch to digital broadcasting within three months.

Telecommunications and Postal Services Minister, Siyabonga Cwele, points out that, “This designation will allow the industry, manufacturers and TV-owning population to prepare accordingly, in order to purchase and install set-top boxes.”

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