The Cybercrimes and Cybersecurity Bill is expected to be introduced to parliament before the end of the year and anxiety around it still abounds. Critics argue that it gives too much power to government with not enough leeway for public interest. Critics are particularly concerned about its impact on investigative journalism.
World Vision Malawi has engaged the media through a four-day training in disability so that journalists gain advanced knowledge and skills in how to report and broadcast current affairs programmes that are a true reflection of persons with disabilities.
The training follows news that media products lack positive coverage of persons with disabilities despite the policy and media ethics being in place in the country.
This coincides with increased cases of persons with albinism being abducted, killed, neglected and abused through bad reporting and programming of issues.
In 2013, the world came to know of two young women: Jyoti Singh Pandey from India and Anene Booysen from South Africa. Both were gang-raped, brutally attacked and died fighting for their lives. If it wasn’t for their families, outraged citizens, and civil society activists, they would today be nothing more than statistics, two digits added to the alarming number of women raped and murdered worldwide.
Speaking at a World Press Freedom Day commemoration, newspaper publisher, Ibbo Mandaza told journalists that Zimbabwe's media is under siege and has been dragged back to the colonial era under the Rhodesia government.
Mandaza who is the director of think-tank, Southern African Political and Economic Series Trust, says that, “…the state is now ruling without being accountable to people.”
He stresses that, "There is too much censorship of the media, especially state-owned media houses.”
Prominent Swazi-born human rights lawyer, Beatrice Mtetwa named one of Fortune’s 50 greatest leaders of 2015.
Fortune which is an American business magazine published globally by Time Inc and founded by Henry Luce in 1929 competes with Forbes and Bloomberg Businessweek in the national business magazine category and distinguishes itself with long, in-depth feature articles.
The Department of International Relations and Cooperation reports that the South African government has condemned the attack on French satire magazine, Charlie Hebdo in which 12 people were killed in Paris.
In a statement, Department of International Relations and Cooperation deputy director general, Clayson Monyela states that, “The South African government joins the international community in condemning the calculated and barbaric terrorist attack on journalists and members of the public in Paris, France...”
Following the killing of 12 people at France's Charlie Hebdo weekly, renowned cartoonist Jonathan Shapiro known as Zapiro warns of shrinking media freedom.
Zapiro, whose drawings are published by the Mail & Guardian, told the paper he hoped the attack in Paris "doesn't have a further chilling effect on satirists, commentators and journalists; any free thinkers in society".
As the world commemorates the first anniversary of former president Nelson Mandela’s passing today, 5 December 2014, the Nelson Mandela Foundation (NMF) hosts an exhibition in memory on the Icon.
The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has handed over a video and audio material including highlights of Mandela’s life and funeral coverage from the corporation’s television, radio and digital platforms to the foundation.
The public broadcaster ran a 10 day special broadcast across the different platforms after Mandela’s death.
The Committee for the Protection of Journalists (CPJ), a global media watchdog, urges Zimbabwe to guarantee the safety of journalists after a reporter was beaten up and detained by the police.
Tapiwa Zivira, a journalist with the privately-owned NewsDay newspaper was attacked days after President Robert Mugabe's wife, Grace, accused reporters at independent newspapers of writing lies about her.
The CPJ states that, Zivira was attacked with batons after filming police beating street vendors and others.
The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) Zambia, has challenged the alleged decision of the National Assembly to bar its members from covering the opening of the Fourth Session of the 11th National Assembly.
MISA described the decision as discriminatory and a violation of press freedom.