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“Charlie Hebdo” from an African perspective

Several weeks after the attacks on the satire magazine “Charlie Hebdo” the flood of ever new headlines, Twitter posts and Blog entries, the world-wide campaign “Je suis Charlie”, as well as the many discussions regarding the limits of freedom of expression has subsided. What remains is the analytical view on the events. When looking at these not from a Western point of view but through the African perspective, one has to address two conflicts. more…

January 30, 2015

KAS Media Africa holds "Teaching Business Journalism" Workshop in Johannesburg

At a workshop following this year's Power Reporting conference in Johannesburg, participants from eight sub-Saharan countries discussed possible improvements in teaching business journalism at their universities. The one-day event tackled some of the challenges that universities face in preparing their students for this specific branch of journalism. more…

Stephanie von Meien | Event Reports | December 10, 2014

Landmark Decision by African Human Rights Court Strengthens Freedom of Expression

This week’s decision of the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights in the case of Konaté v Burkina Faso has been called a landmark judgment not only by Media and human rights organizations. Freedom of expression is one of the pillars of any democratic system, so the importance of the ruling for the media landscape on the whole of the African Continent cannot be underestimated. more…

Stephanie von Meien | December 9, 2014

E-lection Bridge Workshop in Dakar, Senegal

A political message is only as powerful as the way it is communicated. On 17 and 18 November another E-lection Bridge Workshop was held at KAS office Senegal in Dakar. The main point of discussion was digitalization and its significance for political communication and election campaigns. 22 participants, including the communication experts of 14 Senegalese parties, took part in the two-day workshop. Presenters were Nathalie Yamb, previously regional manager of West- and Central Africa for MTN, as well as the Web 2.0 expert Aboubacar Sadikh Ndiaye. more…

Event Reports | December 3, 2014

Power Reporting 2014 in Johannesburg

The African Investigative Journalism Conference

To what extend does an investigative journalist differ from a detective? Not a lot, one would think, after having participated at this year’s Power Reporting Conference. Under the slogan “Be inspired. Improve your skills. Learn something new.” the conference was held for the 10th time at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg from 3 until 5 November 2014. more…

Event Reports | December 1, 2014