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The SABC and its Recent Crisis

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 and led to a two month crisis at the broadcaster. Our chronicle gives an overview of what has happened. more…

September 28, 2016

Rhodes public lecture

Defending our freedom of expression starts with knowledge of media law

The author of the KAS Media Law Handbook series, Justine Limpitlaw, gave a public lecture this week at Rhodes University in Grahamstown on key media law trends on the sub-continent. On the initiative of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung and by invitation of the university, the communications law expert visited the Rhodes School of Journalism and Media Studies, one of the leading institutes for journalism training, to talk about the state of media law in Sub-Saharan Africa and the specific threats to freedom of expression facing the region. more…

Brigitte Read | Event Reports | August 18, 2016

KAS Media Africa Scholarship 2017: Call for applications

KAS Media Africa is offering a university scholarship to a promising, young (under 30) sub-Saharan African journalist to do a full-time Honours or Masters Degree at the University of Witwatersrand's Journalism Programme in Johannesburg in 2017. more…

August 11, 2016

Mandela Day 2016

“What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead,” said Nelson Mandela. In remembrance of his struggle for peace and democracy Nelson Mandela International Day was launched on 18 July, 2009 - Madibas birthday - via a unanimous decision of the UN General Assembly. more…

Event Reports | July 22, 2016

#radiowontfall, but it will adapt

Radio Days Africa Conference 2016 in Johannesburg

Radio is not only the oldest medium, but also the most significant and accessible in Africa – more than 30 million listeners tune in daily in South Africa alone. Though it has mass appeal, radio still manages to connect to people in a particularly intimate way. As Franz Kruger, Director of the Wits Radio Academy says, “the essence of radio is not its technical platform or programming formats, it is the way in which it relates to people through the power of sound.” more…

Brigitte Read | Event Reports | July 13, 2016