Book presentation

Book launch: Media Law Handbook for Southern Africa (Second Edition)

Convite para o Lançamento da Obra: Media Law Handbook for Southern Africa (2nd Edition) (Manual de Direito da Comunicação Social na África Austral – 2ª Edição)

It has been a decade since the first edition of the Southern Africa Media Law Handbook was published by the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Media Programme Sub-Sahara Africa (KAS). Since then, several laws have been re-written, revised and new ones introduced. To record these changes, while also adding new country chapters – Seychelles, Mauritius and Mozambique, KAS is presenting the second edition of the handbook.


The book runs to three volumes, in more than 1,000 pages, to cover 13 Southern African countries. The Tanzania chapter has been enhanced by the inclusion of media laws in Zanzibar. Further, the latest instalment has updated chapters on Botswana, the Democratic Republic of Congo, eSwatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

In the foreword to the three-volume-edition, Christoph Plate, Director at KAS Media Africa, explained that the reasons for new media laws range from the advent of social media to the realisation of those in power that, with new technologies, they cannot control the narrative and discussion the way they used to.

Legal expert Justine Limpitlaw – who took up the challenge to analyse and scrutinise changes in the law media landscape in Southern Africa – commended many journalists who take grave risks in bringing important stories to light and for being serious in their responsibilities of ensuring an informed citizenry. She also paid homage to the lawyers – a field she described as much aligned profession.

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Fundação Fernando Leite Couto, Maputo, Moçambique


  • Christoph Plate
    • KAS Media Africa Director
  • Justine Limpitlaw
    • researcher and author "Media Law Handbook for Southern Africa"
  • H.E. Lothar Freischlader
    • German Ambassador to Mozambique

Christoph Plate

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Director Media Programme Subsahara Africa +27 (11) 214 2900-101 +27 11 214 2913