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Zapiro Warns of Shrinking Media Freedom

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".

Namibia’s SWAPO Leads Preliminary Poll Results

According to a second round of preliminary results, Namibia's ruling party looks set for a sixth straight election victory.
 
With slightly more than half of votes counted, the South-West Africa People's Organisation (SWAPO) party - in power since 1990 - was leading the polls with 77 percent.
 
The Electoral Commission of Namibia has released the first round of preliminary data putting SWAPO in the lead with slightly more than 66 percent of the vote.
 

Underperforming MPs Overwork Madonsela

Former planning minister, Trevor Manuel, says public protector, Thuli Madonsela’s office is so busy because public representatives are not doing their jobs.
 
Delivering the Helen Suzman Memorial Lecture at the Gordon Institute for Business Science in Johannesburg, Manuel said members of parliament and legislatures receive almost R1 million each to do constituency work.
 
He says if they were more in touch with the people they represent, Madonsela will not get so many complaint, adding that, it is up to civil society to keep democracy in check and energise it.

ANC, Ses’khona to Thrash Out Problems

The African National Congress’ (ANC) provincial executive committee in the Western Cape has given the green light for high-level talks with the Ses’khona People’s Movement, following an attack on controversial poo-throwing activist, Andile Lili.
 
The ANC and Ses’khona have been at loggerheads recently over what the people’s movement dubbed ‘political meddling in a job-creation project it had with the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA).”
 

SANEF Welcomes Review of e.tv Practices

The South African National Editors’ Forum (SANEF) has welcomed the decision by e.tv to review its editorial management practices.

In a press statement, SANEF chairperson, Mpumelelo Mkhabela, points out that, "Council has noted developments regarding allegations of editorial interference at eNCA implicating politicians, shareholders and senior executives."

Mkhabela says SANEF welcomes the e.tv decision to launch the review of the channel’s editorial management practices to safeguard editorial independence and credibility of news coverage.  

Zim Takes EU to Task Over Sanctions

The Zimbabwean government has taken the European Union (EU) to task over its piecemeal removal of illegal sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe while expecting the latter to celebrate the bloc's ridiculing of President Mugabe and his wife by keeping them under the embargo.

Information, Media and Broadcasting Services Minister, Professor Jonathan Moyo, and his deputy, Supa Mandiwanzira, say the EU states and the international media are unjustifiably attacking President Robert Mugabe and Zimbabwe.

Ses’khona Demonstrates in Cape Town

Now the group of African National Congress (ANC) members, who also run a non-governmental organisation (NGO), Ses’ khona, have turned on the ANC and will be marching on the party’s provincial headquarters in the Cape Town central business district on Thursday, 6 November 2014.

ANC leaders have voiced their concern with the behaviour and conduct of Ses’khona, a NGO that is led by former ANC councillors, Loyiso Nkohla and Andile Lili.

Zim Urged to Guarantee Safety of Journos

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.
 

Boards, Heads of PF-Affiliated NGOs Suspended

Zambia’s Patriotic Front (PF) secretary general, Edgar Lungu, has with immediate effect suspended boards and executive directors for the PF-affiliated non-governmental organisations (NGOs).

In a statement issued, Lungu, who is also acting President, said the measure has been taken to strengthen the decision made by President Michael Sata on 28 August 2014.

The PF, through the office of the secretary general, formed various NGOs to help with research, capacity and institutional growth.

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