Publications 2010

Africa’s Media: Between Professional Ethics and Cultural Belonging
By Francis B. Nyamnjoh
In 2005 I published Africa’s Media: Democracy and the Politics of Belonging. One of the main findings of that study was that the media have assumed a partisan, highly politicised, militant role in Africa. They have done so by dividing citizens into the righteous and the wicked, depending on their party-political leanings, ideologies, regional, cultural or ethnic belonging. By considering the Cameroonian experience, the book sought to understand how scapegoatism, partisanship, and regional and ethnic tendencies in the media have affected their liberal democratic responsibility to act as honest, fair and neutral mediators – accessible to all and sundry. It did this by looking at polarisation in the press and at how the media have shaped and been shaped by the politics of belonging since the early 1990s.
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Media and Elections in the SADC Region Protocols and Policies
By Libby Lloyd This report identifies first what international, African and regional instruments are currently in place relating to media freedom and elections. The next section (Section 3) outlines examples of best practice from around the world. Section 4 looks at some of the legislative frameworks and media self-regulatory mechanisms in place in countries in the region.Each section includes a summary/recommendations analysing the information presented. Finally, the conclusion summarises suggestions.

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Beyond Broadcasting: the future of state-owned broadcasters in Sourthern Africa
By Guy Berger you’ve probably heard that there’s something called “Digital migration” beginning to impact on broadcasters in African countries. It’s a mammoth effort that will phase out the existing system of analogue Tv broadcasting.What’s less well-known is that this switch-over is just one part of a vast change affecting the media as we know it.This report is your guide to what it’s all about, why it’s so important for anyone interested in mass communication, and what media in four Southern African democracies may look like five years from now.

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The Africa Media Barometer (AMB)
By Friedrich- Ebert-Stiftung, fesmedia Africa and Media Institute of Southern Africa
The African Media Barometer is an in-depth and comprehensive description system for national media environments on the African continent, based on home-grown criteria derived from African Protocols and Declarations like the “Declaration of Principles on Freedom of Expression in Africa” (2002) by the African Commission for Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR). The instrument was jointly developed by fesmedia Africa, the Media Project of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) in Africa, and the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) in 2004.

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Ethiopia, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritius, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zimbabwe

Government Secrecy in an Information Age
By Media Institute of Southern Africa
The purpose of the study was to assess the level of transparency in government and public institutions around the region to help MISA’s advocacy backed by empirical evidence. The results of the survey will be used to lobby for the enactment of Access to Information laws in the respective countries and to repeal all laws impacting on the public’s right to access information. Furthermore the research sought to engage the broader civil society and citizens on access to information, a right and subject that is forming current discourse around the region.

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