Comparing Germany and South Africa
With new hate speech laws being prepared in Germany and South Africa right now, KAS Media Africa's Research Fellow Kristin Baesse has asked different experts about the differentiation between free speech and hate speech. The result is a well researched and thought provoking examination of a rather grey area. (Picture: Stefan Rüegger/SAJV)
KAS Media Africa’s latest publication was launched at the Aga Khan University GSMC in Nairobi last week. Author and media law expert Justine Limpitlaw gave a keynote talk about legal trends in the region, followed by a discussion with lawyers from the region. The handbook is available for download free of charge.
How can online communication be controlled without affecting the right to free speech? 35 representatives from government, media and civil society discussed the new South African bill against online hate speech at a workshop organized by Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) and KAS Media Africa.
Research Visit at KAS Media Africa
Anna-Lena Lämmle will support KAS Media Africa in the course of a research visit until the end of February. She will be helping in organizing and reporting of events and assist in research assignments. Anna-Lena is studying Culture and Economy at University of Mannheim and is already familiar with the country after having volunteered in South Africa for a year.
How does the rise of populism in the US and Europe affect politics and campaigns on the African continent? This question was passionately debated by 16 young politicians from nine African countries at the E-lection Bridge Academy 2016 held in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The workshop marked the start of an e-learning programme on politics and communication.
This year’s African Investigative Journalism Conference brought together over 250 participants from 28 countries. Apart from the Panama Papers, a key focus of the conference was on reporting terrorism. The participants could also improve their data journalism skills in hands-on workshops.
For the third time since the network was founded in Nairobi in 2014, bloggers from eight Sub-Saharan African countries met in Kampala, Uganda for the annual #AfricaBlogging workshop. Topics for discussion included political blogging on the continent, Africa's digital footprint and how to further involve Francophone West Africa in the project.
A chronicle of events
At the end of May, two months before the municipal elections, South Africa’s public broadcaster SABC announced it would no longer show footage of the destruction of public property during protests. The censorship caused massive protest from Civil Society organisations. Our chronicle gives an overview of what has happened.
Research Visit at KAS Media Africa
On 26 September, Kristin Bässe joined KAS Media Africa for a research visit. She will be supporting the team with the organization and reporting of events and assist in research assignments on media-related issues until the beginning of December. Kristin is studying Media Management and has been a scholar of the KAS journalist program since 2015.
KAS Media Africa spent the day at the Outreach Foundation in Hillbrow, Johannesburg, which offers a range of arts and educational support programmes to the inner-city community. Together with the staff of the German Embassy in Pretoria, the team laid a new lawn, painted a community workshop space and cooked for the youth and Mandela Day workers.