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Today, 3 May, is World Press Freedom Day and the 25-year anniversary of the Windhoek Declaration on media freedom in Africa...
South Africa's technology publisher, ITWeb on wednesday, 9 May 2012, launched its new ITWeb Africa website which will provide news, insight and analysis for Africa's ICT sector, at the Hyatt Hotel in Rosebank, Johannesburg, South Africa.
9 May 2012
Information and communication experts from all over Africa are meeting towards the end of this month in Uganda to brainstorm about spectrum management issues.
Julius Businge 19 Apr 2012
According to Frost & Sullivan (F&S), a business research and consulting firm, effective regulatory environments have made Nigeria and Ghana among the most dynamic broadband markets in sub-Saharan Africa with over 150 market participants and massive terrestrial infrastructure development.
2 Apr 2012
The vice-chancellor of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Kumasi, Professor Otoo Ellis, is said to have 'reportedly described journalists as illiterates', and as a consequence of his impolite language, the Ashanti Regional branch of the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) announced a boycott of activities of the university and have sustained the boycott until further notice.
Dan Osman Mwin 27 Mar 2012
DUBAI, UAE: The 6th Dubai Lynx Awards, one of the premier awards celebrating creative excellence in MENA's advertising and communications industry, has received a total of 2037 entries from 17 countries.
5 Mar 2012
A special version of the Opera Mini mobile web browser, launched by MTN and Opera Software last year to MTN's subscribers, has been met with great enthusiasm by MTN customers across the 15 markets where it's available. In just twelve months, MTN subscribers have increased their use of Opera Mini by 1665%.
27 Feb 2012
Ghana's Saya Mobile is the latest mobile chat app out of Africa. IM and chat messaging clients are incredibly popular on the continent. Applications such as 2go and mobile social networks such as MXit have raised the bar on the possibilities in the mobile and social space in Africa.
21 Feb 2012
For some time now, there has been a growing body of anecdotal evidence to suggest that mobile telephony was having a significant impact on the quality and type of farming that is taking place in Africa. But a recent study conducted by global management consulting, technology and outsourcing services company, Accenture, is providing concrete proof and a deeper understanding of this impact.
Staff Reporter 16 Feb 2012
Samsung Electronics, the long-time supporter of African football, is rallying fans across the continent to show their passion for the game by launching a series of interactive live and online events for fans to gather and share the excitement of the Orange Africa Cup of Nations 2012, taking place in Gabon-Equatorial Guinea.
31 Jan 2012
MTN, the telecommunications company with a presence in 21 countries in Africa and the Middle East, have announced the extension of its managed services agreement with Ericsson for operation in Ghana.
31 Jan 2012
Howzit MSN, a web portal in South Africa has expanded its reach into the rest of the continent with the launch of a dedicated channel for Africa. This move is in response to the growing demand of internet users for locally relevant content and from advertisers for advertising inventory that reaches a pan-African market.
13 Jan 2012
Airtel Ghana, last week, re-launched its mobile money platform, under a new brand name Airtel Money, which has been positioned to provide customers with an efficient alternative to cash transactions and provide millions of Ghanaians with access to banking services for the first time.
19 Dec 2011
Nominees for the 2011 Lorenzo Natali Prize for Journalism have been announced by the European Commission (EC). Ghanaian journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas, an investigative journalist at the privately owned, Crusading Guide, is among the list of nominees released by the EC.
6 Dec 2011
TransferTo and the MTN Group last week announced that the implementation of their International Airtime Transfer (IAT) partnership in MTN operating companies is well underway.
14 Nov 2011
Pixel Foundry, a photographic services agency based in South Africa, has announced that it will be expanding operations in Africa, with new divisions across Nigeria, DRC and other growing markets throughout the sub-Saharan region.
6 Oct 2011
Bizcommunity.com has suspended the article 'AMI, Google starts project to keep African media alive' by Walter Wafula, published on Wednesday, 21 September 2011, pending an investigation in the correctness of the facts. We regret any confusion caused.
Walter Wafula 21 Sep 2011
A meeting of senior media gurus from five African countries, took place on Saturday 17 September 2011 at the Highway Africa Conference in Cape Town, South Africa, agreed to disagree on whether the media needs to be bed fellows with civil society to achieve either parts' objectives or not.
Gregory Gondwe 19 Sep 2011
KUMASI: The Majority Leader in Parliament, Cletus Avoka, has urged civil society groups and other stakeholders to adopt a non-partisan approach to discussions on the Right to Information Bill which is currently before Parliament.
8 Aug 2011
CAPE TOWN: Aegis Media's agency, Carat Media will be hosting an internal conference for its African representatives from 27-30 June 2011 in Durban. The Carat Media Training Conference, which will also be attended by digital agency Trigger/ Isobar, aims to provide a platform for representatives to share learnings, insights, trends and experiences that have taken place within their media and digital agencies.
27 Jun 2011
"African people - like me - are completely disillusioned with the performance of their leaders because of what they have done and what they are doing, and for me these people should not be called leaders, but rather the elite," Moeletsi Mbeki, brother of former South African president Thabo Mbeki and chairman of the SA Institute of International Affairs, said, speaking at the CNN-MultiChoice media forum currently taking place in Bryanston, Johannesburg, on Friday, 24 June 2011.
Issa Sikiti da Silva: @sikitimedia 24 Jun 2011
Yesterday, Tuesday, 3 May 2011, was the 20th anniversary of World Press Freedom Day, begun in Namibia as the Declaration of Windhoek, a statement of principles calling for a free, independent and pluralistic media throughout the world. Celebrations around the world were tempered with concerns about the erosion of press freedom and in South Africa, SANEF called on Government to review its proposed legislations that has seen SA downgrade from 'free press' to 'partly free'.
4 May 2011
WASHINGTON: The number of people worldwide with access to free and independent media declined to its lowest level in over a decade, according a Freedom House study released yesterday, 2 May 2011. The report, Freedom of the Press 2011: A global survey of media independence, found that a number of key countries experienced significant declines, producing a global landscape in which only one in six people live in countries with a press that is designated Free.
3 May 2011
As concern mounts over the fate of Anton Hammerl, a South African photographer missing in Libya alongside two US journalists and one Spanish photographer, the Presidency said yesterday, Wednesday, 20 April 2011, that President Jacob Zuma has been briefed on the attempts made by the SA mission in Libya to locate Hammerl. Reports from Washington DC also suggest that the White House is very concerned about their well-being and it is trying hard to assist them in any way it can.
Issa Sikiti da Silva 21 Apr 2011
LUXEMBOURG: Intelsat SA, one of the world's leading providers of fixed satellite services, recently announced a series of new contracts with media customers using the company's leading video neighbourhoods.
14 Apr 2011
Jacob Mathew was elected on Friday, 8 April 2011, as the president of the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) by its general assembly of members, held during the its board meeting in Dublin, Ireland and on 6-7 April the association's Printing Summit in Mainz, Germany, reaffirmed print's vital role today and in the future.
11 Apr 2011
The Commonwealth Broadcasting Association (CBA) has announced the shortlist for its annual awards. To ensure that award recipients receive maximum recognition in their home territories, awards this year will be presented at CBA events regionally.
11 Apr 2011
The fundamental reason that many African governments ban and harass the media has more to do with personal connotations than other issues, Kenya's Henry Maina, director of Article 19 Eastern Africa, told delegates at the two-day Regulations and Rights media conference last week in Johannesburg.
Issa Sikiti da Silva 16 Mar 2011
There is some substantiated regulation of what the media can do and what it cannot do, but the balance must be struck between what the law has prescribed and freedom of expression, Prof Dario Milo, Wits University media law visiting professor and Webber & Wentzel partner, said last week in Johannesburg at the two-day Regulations and Rights media conference.
Issa Sikiti da Silva 15 Mar 2011