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The articles below are the most recent additions to the Media category of Africa InfoServ. To read an article, click on its title. To see more Media articles or to search a particular topic, click on Africa Archive. Articles marked with a magnifying glass ( Longer, analytical article. ) are longer, more analytical pieces.

1. Longer, analytical article. Countering the chill
Author: Micah Reddy Date Written: 1 December 2015
Primary Category: Media Document Origin: Good Governance Africa
Secondary Category: Human Rights Source URL: http://gga.org
Key Words: Media, defamation, Africa, rights, constitution

Summary & Comment: Though there is a growing movement against criminalising free expression in Africa that has not put a damper on individual countries, journalists still have prison sentence hanging over their heads. The laws to punish the media remain on the statute books or are being designed. This must change. MM
2. Longer, analytical article. Women not portrayed equally by news media, shows extensive study
Author: By a Correspondent Date Written: 23 November 2015
Primary Category: Media Document Origin: World Council of Churches
Secondary Category: Gender Source URL: http://www.oikoumene.org/
Key Words: Media, women,GMMP

Summary & Comment: Women remain more than twice as likely as men to be portrayed as victims as they were a decade ago says the new report by the World Council of Churches, the challenge is what will it take to change these perceptions. MM
3. The day they came to kill me
Author: Michael Onyilego Date Written: 2 November 2015
Primary Category: Media Document Origin: Mail & Guardian
Secondary Category: North Africa Region Source URL: http://mg.co.za
Key Words: Somali, journalist, Mogadishu,

Summary & Comment: At least 60 journalists have fled their country since 2010 while at least another 19 languish in prison. The government has shut down dozens of publications and controls most television and most radio outlets, leaving few options for Ethiopians to acquire independent information and analysis on domestic political issues. One such is a non-Muslim wo . . . [expand]
4. South Sudan: Journalists In Africa’s Newest Country Fear For Their Lives
Author: Aaron Leaf Date Written: 23 September 2015
Primary Category: Media Document Origin: OkeyAfrica
Secondary Category: Sudan and South Sudan Source URL: http://www.okayafrica.com
Key Words: Salva Kiir, South Sudan, radio station, Juba, Moi

Summary & Comment: Journalists and media owners in South Sudan will tell you that conditions are changing from bad to worse every day. The government will tell you they resort to taking journalists to court as it is a practice done worldwide, but journalists continue to die and no one gets arrested. MM
5. Guebuza libel case: Economist and journalist acquitted
Author: AIM Date Written: 17 September 2015
Primary Category: Media Document Origin: The Zimbabwean
Secondary Category: Southern Region Source URL: http://www.thezimbabwean.co
Key Words: Carlos Nuno Castel-Branco, Mediafax, Armando Guebuza,

Summary & Comment: Its a huge victory for freedom of expression as Mozambican authorities dropped all charges against Carlos Nuno Castel-Branco and Fernando Mbanze, who had been charged solely for peacefully exercising their right to freedom of expression. MM
6. Longer, analytical article. Zimbabwe: Chasing the dream of an independent media
Author: Tinashe Mushakavanhu Date Written: 29 August 2015
Primary Category: Media Document Origin: Voices of Africa
Secondary Category: Zimbabwe Source URL: http://voicesofafrica.co.za/
Key Words: Zimbabwe, media, ZBC, propaganda

Summary & Comment: One state broadcaster has dominated Zimbabwe’s airwaves, the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation since independence in 1980, a young journalist dares to dream, perhaps tomorrow, he might bring cherished plurality to the media. MM
7. Longer, analytical article. Propaganda or proper journalism? China’s media expansion in Africa
Author: James Wan Date Written: 18 August 2015
Primary Category: Media Document Origin: African Arguments
Secondary Category: Africa General Source URL: http://africanarguments.org
Key Words: China, Africa, media, television, CCTV

Summary & Comment: Chinese state-owned media being little more than propaganda may be missing an important point. The media may also have a different philosophy of journalism to begin with, its foray into Africa reveals. MM

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