Comparing press freedom in Africa and Germany

An interview with Christoph Plate, Head of the Sub-Saharan Africa Media Programme of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation

Social Media Guide more…

July 20, 2018

What brings foreign broadcasters to Africa?

Using the examples of China and Germany

In this paper we take a closer look at two global players: Germany with its programs for radio and TV through Deutsche Welle and one of the youngest actors on the world media stage: China, with the TV station CGTN, CRI radio, the news agency Xinhua and the newspaper China Daily, whose ap-pearance in Africa had been watched and analyzed closely. more…

July 19, 2018

"Use social media for your political work, but don´t be used by social media."

Christoph Plate, Director of the Media Programme Subsahara Africa, talks about the role of journalism in Africa.

The level of freedom of press is different in the 53 African countries. In South Africa people can say things that they can be jailed for in neighboring states, like Zimbabwe or Angola. Christoph Plate explains the current standard of liberty of press in Africa, the importance of fake news in the African society and how media companies can survive in spite of decreasing editions. more…

July 19, 2018

# Storytellers: Return to old values to look forward


The business models are forever changing, but the community, or listeners, will always remain a constant feature. No matter how the radio of tomorrow will look like, from podcasts to fact-checks – the core of the radio was and will always be the listeners and their stories, which are told by journalists. This is the reason why the radio of the future won`t disappear. more…

Event Reports | July 11, 2018

Social Media Guide for Politicians (French pdf version)

Social Media has finally arrived in politics in Africa. Just a few years ago it was hard to convince party bosses that they should set aside funds and resources for social media. Some might have been worried to share control, others were simply not familiar with the new technologies. Now we see social media as an essential tool in many campaigns. But again it is not sufficient just to set up a Facebook account and wait for victory in the next elections – social media is a tool that should be used but without being driven by it. Now the Social Media Guide is also available in French. more…

July 2, 2018