The South African National Editors’ Forum (SANEF) calls for the Protection of State Information Bill to be sent to the Constitutional Court for ratification before it is signed into law.
In a statement to mark International Press Freedom Day, SANEF’s chairperson, Mpumelelo Mkhabela, says a public interest defence clause in the Bill would truly enhance the ability of media to assist in the fight against corruption.
Mkhabela notes that, “The Bill is arguably the biggest threat to press freedom and freedom of expression since the dawn of democracy. We stand ready to challenge it in court should the president sign it into law.”
To read the article titled, “Info bill must go to constitutional court - SANEF,” click here.Source:Mail and Guardian
The FW De Klerk Foundation expresses concern about possible threats to media freedom in South Africa on World Press Freedom Day, 3 May 2014, under the theme which reflects the media’s importance in development, the safety of journalists and the rule of law as well as the sustainability and integrity of journalism.
The Foundation’s spokesperson, Jacques du Preez announces that while media freedom was protected by the Constitution when weighed against the theme for this year’s Press Freedom Day, South Africa did not appear to entirely measure up.
“Although press freedom in South Africa… is enjoyed and protected, there are indicators of threats to press freedom,” states Du Preez.
To read the article titled, “Media freedom is threatened - De Klerk Foundation,” click here.Source:The Citizen
Angola’s justice minister, Rui Mangueira, states that the Angolan nation has, since the proclamation of independence, promoted and defended the rights and freedoms of human beings, both individually and organised in social groups.
According to Mangueira, such rights are guaranteed by the legislative, executive and judicial powers, through their organs and institutions, as stipulated in various international legal instruments.
The officials noted that the vision of the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights has been progressively implemented in Angola with good results, especially in boosting public institution tasked with ensuring these grounds.
To read the article titled, “Angola defends human rights - Justice Minister,” click here.Source:All Africa
The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) has noted that women are still not being considered as news makers in most countries in the Southern Africa Community Development (SADC) region.
MISA Lesotho national director, Tsebo Mats’asa, says statistics show that women were not still not news makers in the region as such there is need to continue putting interventions that will ensure that women’s voices are heard.
Mats’asa says it is for this reason that MISA is carrying out activities such as capacity-building and sensitisation of media practitioners and women to ensure women’s views were heard.
To read the article titled, “MISA bemoans gender inequality,” click here.Source:Times of Zambia
Southern Africa Resource Watch (SARW) says the government must keep an eye on Konkola Copper Mines (KCM) and act decisively to protect Zambians' interests in the mine.
Commenting on the protests by scores of people in London against Vedanta Resources, the majority shareholder in Konkola Copper Mines, SARW country coordinator, Edward Lange, says the mineral resources in Zambia are being literally looted because the mining communities and the country at large are not seeing tangible benefits.
Lange says that KCM is expected to show remorse and take a re-look at its past record in relation to the revelations and make amends with the people not only in Zambia, but across the globe.
To read the article titled, “ARW urges govt to keep an eye on KCM,” click here .Source:The Post
According to a newspaper report, Ugandan police are accusing a United States-funded AIDS project for paying young men to become homosexuals.
The Daily Monitor quotes police as saying that the Walter Reed Project, which provides treatment for people living with HIV/AIDS, had been ‘infiltrated’ by officers and was found to be recruiting gays.
The statement further states that, “Police deployed crime intelligence officers to verify the claims, by infiltrating the project. Two officers undertook the assignment and were registered for training by the non-governmental organisation and found out that the trainees were being shown videos of men engaging in homosexual activity.”
To read the article titled, “Uganda police accuse HIV/AIDS project of gay ‘recruitment’,” click here.Source:The Citizen
Ministry of labour expresses concern over continued child labour practices in the country despite government's and development partners' efforts to stamp out the malpractice.
Chief labour officer in the ministry, Paul Gondwe, states that the elimination of child labour remains a challenge in Malawi due to several factors such as poverty, social and cultural practices.
Gondwe warns that, “The vicious circle of poverty which has been worsened by HIV and AIDS impacts negatively on child wellbeing and development as in some cases children have to fend for themselves.”
To read the article titled, “Child labour still rampant in Malawi despite several interventions,” click hereSource:All Africa
Swaziland police officers have illegally abducted prodemocracy leaders over the weekend, drove them 30 kilometres away, and dumped them to prevent them from taking part in a meeting calling for freedom in the kingdom.
The police officers staged roadblocks on all major roads leading to Swaziland's main commercial city, Manzini, where protests were to be held.
The intended protests were part of the annual 12 April commemorations in that country, following King Sobhuza II Royal proclamation dissolving parliament, banning political parties and placing all power in the kingdom in the hands of the monarchy on 12 April 1973.
To read the article titled, “Police abduct democracy leaders,” click here.Source:All Africa
Minister of Copperbelt - copper mining area of Central Africa which runs in Zambia - Mwenya Musenge, has appealed to Zambia Electricity Supply Corporation Limited (ZESCO) to consider exempting health institutions from its prepaid meters installation project.
Musenge believes that in as much as ZESCO is supplying power to the public, it needs to revisit the issue of pre-paid meters in health institutions.
He further states that government is committed to ensuring that the majority of the population gained access to electricity and energy country wide.
To read the article titled, “Exempt hospitals from prepaid meters,” click here.Source:All Africa
A drug hailed as a lifesaver for many people infected by HIV is at the heart of a rancorous debate among gay men, AIDS activists and health professionals over its potential for protecting uninfected men who engage in gay sex without using condoms.
Many doctors and activists see immense promise for such preventive use of Truvada, and are campaigning to raise awareness of it as a crucial step toward reducing new HIV infections, which now total about 50 000 a year in the United States.
Despite mounting evidence of Truvada's effectiveness, other argue that such efforts are reckless, tempting some condom users to abandon that layer of protection and exposing them to an array of other sexually transmitted infections aside from HIV.
To read the article titled, “Gay men divided over use of HIV prevention drug,” click here.Source:Sowetan Live