Forty years after the apartheid regime clamped down on the free press, South Africa's media continues to face threats, albeit in more subtle forms than in the past.
Demonstrators protest against the decision by the South African Broadcasting Corporation to stop airing violent protest scenes.
As South Africa marks Media Freedom Day, it's clear that its battle isn't over. Attacks on journalists continue --through physical intimidation and there's also the threat of new laws.
Kenyan policemen in Kibera. The media stands accused of refusing to cover post-election tensions comprehensively.
Kenya's press has admitted to self-censorship after the August 8th poll to avoid a repeat of 2008's post-election violence. But by refusing to inform the public has the media lost credibility?
A newspaper's job is to publish information. But fingers should be pointed at whoever leaked it.
Hassan Rouhani does the rounds at the Tehran book fair.
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Handing over censorship to authors and writers themselves may actually make it harsher.
Press freedom is being undermined by the global trend towards mass surveillance and data retention.
On World Press Freedom Day, we must deal with the threat data collection and surveillance poses to journalism.
South Africa’s media landscape has changed fundamentally.
The growth of new, vibrant, independent media sites and projects in South Africa have challenged conceptions of what a newsroom is. On limited budgets, some even fare better than mainstream media.
Swapo supporters celebrated victory in the UN supervised November 1989 election.
Namibia contributes a positive image to Africa in governance and other indicators. But the reality for most of the country’s 2.3 million people isn't quite as rosy.
There are fears a new bill that seeks to criminalise hate speech in South Africa might infringe freedom of expression.
The growing incidence of racism on social media in South Africa suggests that there are consequences. Whether there ought to be criminal sanctions remains an ongoing debate.
The US president's attack on confidential sources is one of many legal and technological threats to public interest journalism, as a new report shows
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The beleaguered new president is driving a wedge between his citizens and the media. Nixon would have been proud.
Fleet Street is up in arms against a law they say will kill investigative journalism. That simply isn't true.
EU law needs to recognise that privacy and free expression are matters of colliding rights which can’t be wished away.
Media freedom activists protest against the draconian Protection of Information Bill in Cape Town, South Africa.
While some African countries have shown an improvement in press freedom and freedom of expression ratings, others, including South Africa, are seeing worrying trends and a drop in rankings.
Was she pushed? Outgoing chair of the BBC, Rona Fairhead.
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The ousting of BBC chair, Rona Fairhead, is a worrying sign of a government power grab over the public broadcaster.
Ethiopians reading newspapers in the capital Addis Ababa. The country’s media is among the most repressed on the continent.
Press freedom has changed little in the past decade. If the African Union is to commit to the principles of democracy, it needs to do more to uphold freedom of expression and protects its journalists.
Workers arrange copies of the ‘Business Daily’, produced by Kenya’s Nation Media Group, the biggest newspaper publisher in East Africa.
Namibia’s rise in the World Press Freedom rankings is stunning. The media environment in Africa, too, has improved. But media closures and the harassment of journalists are not yet things of the past.
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Celebrities should not be able to get the British legal system to do their dirty work for them.
For journalists in Venezuela, free speech means risking imprisonment or exile.
High-rise buildings amid shacks in Luanda. President Dos Santo has announced plans to retire amid growing unease among Angolans over deepening poverty despite a recent oil boom.
Angola's Dos Santos is buying time. His promise to step down is an attempt to diffuse growing political tensions, as repression continues. He might relinquish his position, but not his power.