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Fäuste, Frust und Fremdenhass in Südafrikas Wahlkampf

by Henning Suhr

Mit dem herannahenden Wahltermin am 8. Mai nehmen Nervosität und Spannung in Südafrikas Wahlkampf zu. Ausschreitungen gegen Ausländer stellen die Strategien der Parteien in Frage, die nahezu allesamt mit einem einwanderungskritischen Diskurs auf Wählerfang sind. Gleichzeitig offenbaren Aufrufe zu Verbrennungen von Büchern des Journalisten Pieter-Louis Myburgh die Dünnhäutigkeit in Teilen der Regierungspartei African National Congress (ANC), da die Enthüllungen Myburghs die systematische Korruption im ANC anprangern. Zwar deuten Umfragen darauf hin, dass ANC-Präsident Ramaphosa weiterhin regieren wird, doch die allgemeine Unzufriedenheit mit der Regierung und der Frust in breiten Teilen der Wählerschichten sind allgegenwärtig.

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E-lection Bridge Conference 2019

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E-lection Bridge Africa 2019 - Africa's smallest mainland country, The Gambia, hosted KAS Media Africa's 9th annual conference for campaigning experts from our partner parties. We discussed election strategies and campaigning in rural areas and learnt of the value of civic action to support democratic transitions. Watch our video:
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30 Years World Wide Web

by Christoph Plate

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30 Years World Wide Web – the revolution meant a lot of positive change for Africa. But if a careful usage of the internet is not being taught right up from the beginning, it has the potential to become really dangerous.

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Entrepreneurial Journalism in Africa

Media in Africa is under stress. Just like anywhere else in the world, fewer people are reading and consumer habits are changing fast, with more and more people trying to get news for free. But there is no good news for free.

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The future of radio in South Africa

Innovation and Trends
The following research by Sarah Beham explores the current trends and innovations in the South African radio landscape, the challenges facing radio stations and how they are adapting. It also considers the role of language, local content as well as the tradition of storytelling.
press freedom by Felipe Tofani

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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
social media by Sean MacEntee

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"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.

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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.

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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.

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KAS Media Africa Scholarship 2019

Call for application
KAS Media Programme Sub-Sahara Africa is offering a university scholarship to a promising, young sub-Saharan African journalist to do a full-time Honours or Masters Degree at the University of Witwatersrand's Journalism Programme in Johannesburg in 2019. The scholarship includes the university fees, return flight to Johannesburg, accommodation costs for student housing and a monthly stipend.