November 3, 2019

Going undercover as a crown prince to negotiate with rebels armed to the teeth is just the tip of Mount Kilimanjaro as far as the daring stuff Anas Arameyaw Anas and his Tiger Eye team get up to is concerned. 

When they investigated what eventually became the documentary film Malawi's Human Harvest danger was thrown into the mix. They almost got killed after they were mistaken for the murderers they were trying to expose. 


November 2, 2019

Somalia ranks as the top country with unresolved journalist killings according to the Committee to Protect Journalists’ (CPJ) Global Impunity Index 2019 released on October 29 2019. 

The index is based on CPJ data on journalists murdered with complete impunity between September 1 2009 and August 31 2019. It focuses on the number of unsolved journalist murders as a percentage of a country’s population. 

South Sudan ranked...

November 1, 2019

Open source investigator at BBC Africa Eye Ben Strick says the important thing about The Anatomy of a Killing is that it shows the power of collaboration across departments and professions. 

“A lot of the time people silo information and keep it to themselves. We reached out, we crowdsourced, and this is the powerful product that comes out of that,” says Strick.  

The open source tool Bellingcat investigators used to find o...

October 23, 2019

Deputy Reserve Bank Governor Kuben Naidoo spoke at the South African National Editors’ Forum function commemorating Black Wednesday held in Johannesburg on October 18 2019. 

Reflections on the value of the media’s victories 42 years since Black Wednesday have given the journalists in South Africa a chance to question what music the sector has been “dancing” to lately.

South Africa’s Deputy Reserve Bank Govern...

October 14, 2019

India's indigenous languages and ancient traditional skills are at risk of extinction, but it's not too late to save them. This is what Palagummi Sainath, the founder of People’s Archive of Rural India (PARI) aim to do. According to him, public institutions in India are on the decline, and the public sphere is shrinking. “The public sphere is shrinking. Every day the media, education - all these are falling more and more into...

October 10, 2019

Sexual abuses are in the headlines again, with West African universities rocked by the #SexForGrades expose and the #MeToo movement finally making landfall in India at the start of October. Closer to home, revenge porn, or the distribution of nudes and other sexually explicit content of a person without their consent, is officially illegal in South Africa. 

On October 2, 2019, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa signed the...

October 7, 2019

In September 1997 Juby Mayet testified at the special hearings for media at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). The TRC hearings, which started in 1996, were South Africa’s attempt at national reconciliation after years of bitter conflict. The hearings were convened to explore the relationship between the media and the state over the period: “to get at the truth about what actually happened, what aided and abetted t...

October 4, 2019

The media landscape is changing, and with these changes come new opportunities, but also new threats. While new online platforms offer exciting channels to expand and extend the frontiers of media freedom and freedom of expression in Africa, some African governments have increased crackdowns on freedom of expression and sharing of information. 

If these attempts to gag the media succeed, then the press will no longer be ab...

October 1, 2019

Vusumuzi Sifile has been appointed as the new Executive Director of the Panos Institute Southern Africa (PSAf) effective from October 1, 2019.

The PSAf Board released a statement expressing its pleasure in the announcement, adding that Sifile came out as the top candidate for the position, and just the person to take the mission and the vision of the organisation forward. Prior to this appointment, he served as the PSAf Knowle...

September 30, 2019

An investigation into potential breach of privacy rights affecting almost seven million Nigerians by the TrueCaller mobile app is underway, but this is not the first time that the app's data collection activities has been red flagged.

Director General of Nigeria's National Information Development Agency, Kashifu Abdullahi Inuwa, told delegates at a workshop in Abuja on September 28th that the...

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