Publications 2012

Guidelines on Media Coverage of Elections in the SADC Region
By fesmedia Africa, MISA, ECF-SADC and OSISA
Guidelines for covering electoral processes in SADC were adopted by participants of a regional conference that took place in Johannesburg, South Africa from 25th to 26th September 2012. For two days representatives of media houses, freedom of expression organisations and electoral management bodies discussed and amended the guidelines and adopted them at the end of the conference. As a next step domestication processes at national level need to be initiated, which are to lead to the guidelines' implementation in SADC countries. Representatives of the media and electoral management bodies also shared experiences about their communication needs and how communication between the two could be improved . A paper making concrete suggestions toward better communication was presented and received much attention. Download/View Publication (PDF)
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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, DRC,
Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Mali, Malawi, Tanzania, Uganda, Zimbabwe
Government Secrecy in an Information Age
By Media Institute of Southern Africa
This studies were carried out in 2012, seeks to establish levels of transparency in public institution in Southern Africa. The study in currently in its third year, and findings highlight the difficulties faced by Southern African when trying to seek, access and receive information from public bodies. The research, conducted in six different countries in the region, revealed the lack of openness, transparency and accessibility on the part of public institutions, as well as their reluctance to disclose information proactively or respond to specific requests for public information,although there has been a significant improvement with respect to the use of information communication technologies (ICTs) across the region.

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Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe
AMB BRIEF - A Matter of Principles
By David Lush with Mareike Le Pelley and Kerstin Funck
A series of scandals have exposed the rot that has gone to the core of professional journalism in established liberal democracies that were once the gold standard for media in Africa and the world over. The scandals, ranging from fabrication to phone hacking, have prompted extensive soul searching as to how the integrity of journalism can be restored. This paper endeavours to fuel a similar debate within the African media where, the findings of our study suggest, the integrity of African media is also at a low ebb.
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Participation Pays: The Sustainability of Community Broadcasting in Perspective
By David Lush and Gabriel Urgoiti
This publication in the fesmedia series is based on the detailed study conducted by david lush and gabriel urgoiti, who in 2011 thoroughly researched the namibian community broadcasting sector with a view to addressing questions of sustainability. namibia was one of the first African countries to legislate for community broadcasting. But two decades after the passing of this law, almost all the nine broadcasters operating on community licenses are struggling to survive.
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