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January 13, 2020

Donor funds can help a cash-strapped newsroom survive but there is a concern that donors may kill editorial independence by driving their own agendas in the newsroom. 

In her 2017 research, Anya Schiffrin from Columbia University said media houses are sometimes funded by private charities and foundations who want to achieve their “philanthropic goals” in what she calls  “marriage of convenience”.

There is therefore pressure betw...

January 13, 2020

Traditional journalism and media will decline in popularity in Africa while the media will increase their online presence to reach their audiences this year. 

That is according to seasoned journalist and Code for Kenya country lead Catherine Gicheru and Nelson Mandela University media and communication lecturer Jude Mathurine speaking to frayintermedia.   

“Newsrooms are struggling financially. More newsrooms will close dow...

Iranti, in partnership with fraycollege, has started the Safety, Dignity and Freedom (SDF) project which documents the experiences of queer people and their interaction with the media. 

This is to promote and educate on inclusive, accurate and respectful media coverage of LGBTQIA+ issues.

Iranti and partner organisations also launched a media guide that they call a significant reference tool for reporters to fairly and accu...

December 20, 2019

Women make up half of the South African population but less than 20% of the sources in the country’s media. Now a local organisation, Quote This Woman+, is trying to change that by giving journalists access to a range of women experts for their stories.

Quote This Woman+ founder Kathy Magrobi said the non-profit organisation sought to link “journalists and news producers in South Africa with a database of smart and switched on...

December 13, 2019

WhatsApp is officially stopping their bulk messaging service starting from December 7. The company intends to use technical and legal means against users who engage or assist the distribution of bulk messages which will now violate the Terms of Service.

Earlier this year and mid fake news circulation during the Lok Sabha elections in India, WhatsApp warned it would start taking legal action against individuals and companies, wh...

December 12, 2019

A Somali women-centred journalism association has made history by training fellow journalists in the city of Baidoa on how to cover the first popular vote elections to be held in over 50 years. 

The East African country has been wracked by civil war and terrorism. The first popular vote in the destabilised country will be held between 2020 and 2021, a process last seen in 1969.

“This is huge for Somalia, we haven’t seen thi...

December 11, 2019

In Africa, Egypt remains the worst offender when it comes to jailing journalists - and has topped the list for three years. 

This is according to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) 2019 prison census report released on December 11.

CPJ is an American based non-profit organisation which advocates for press freedom and the human rights of journalists. The organisation’s annual census counts those imprisoned at midnight on...

December 6, 2019

“[Or], the governments don’t want to release the data because it will paint the ruling party or the sitting president in a bad light,” he said. This year, the fact-checking organisation has researched various election claims including South African president Cyril Ramaphosa’s claims around job creation and housing before South Africa’s May elections. Both claims were proven untrue. “Perhaps, what we have seen in Nigeria, Ken...

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. 

Anas...

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...

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