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Ghana jails journalist, commentators

Photo©Seth Perlman/AP/SIPAA journalist and two radio panellists in Ghana were on Wednesday sentenced to 120 days each in jail for threatening to kill the country's chief justice and other judges.

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Do female African journalists get the respect they deserve?

The Committee to Protect Journalists' 2016 edition of Attacks on the Press focuses on gender-based attacks on journalists, a problem compounded by fear of discrimination in the workplace if the victims speak out.

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South Africa public broadcaster to play 90% local music

Photo©ReutersSouth Africa's public broadcaster will now play 90 percent local music content on its radio platforms after heavy lobbying from artists.

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Africans support vibrant media, survey shows

In a new trend this year, several governments cut off social media during elections. Photo©ReutersThe main findings released on World Press Freedom showed that a majority of African citizens supported the media's "watchdog" role, saw the media as effective in revealing government mistakes and corruption, and affirmed that journalists "rarely" or "never" abuse their freedom by publishing lies.

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Ghana: 9 unlicensed TV channels shutdown

File photo©ReutersGhana's communications regulator – the National Communication Authority (NCA) – has closed down nine cable television channels broadcasting without requisite licences for years and churning out content deemed inappropriate for viewers.

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South Africa: Julius Malema's EFF given ultimatum over threat

EFF leader, Julius Malema. Photo©ReutersThe Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) have been given until Tuesday to retract their threat against journalists from a politically connected media group.

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Uganda: Journalists without degrees banned from parliament

Ugandan parliamentary authorities have banned journalists without university degrees from reporting from parliament in what they said was a quest for accuracy and balance in news coverage of the legislature.

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Interview: Voice, Data and the future of telecoms- Irene Charnley

Irene Charnley, Chief executive, Smile Telecoms Although mobile growth continues to register an unprecedented growth in the developing world, revenue from voice is stagnating. In terms of future growth, Irene Charnley, Chief executive of Smile Telecoms, sees data playing a major role. 

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Your guide to the new low-cost smartphone models

Photos© All rights reserved Shopping for a new smartphone? From internal memory size, camera quality to retail price, the options are endless. Here we look at a few popular low-cost handsets that have arrived on the market this year

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Kenya: Nation Media deepens print media investment

File photo©ReutersKenya's Nation Media Group, the biggest newspaper publisher in East Africa, is testing a new press to meet rising demand for its titles on a continent where print media is still growing, its chief executive said.

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Seychelles Country Profile 2015: Catching fish and tourists

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Gently favourable economic trends and the increasingly positive international image of the Seychelles will help President James Michel and his ruling Parti Lepep maintain a firm grip in 2015.

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Zimbabwe media arrests after article links top cop to elephant poaching

Zimbabwe media landscape has been shaken by a rare arrest of an editor and three state media journalists.

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Radio: Laughter in an Ivorian jam

Chuken Pat and his colleagues crack up at their own hilarious imitations of Ivorian politicians. Photo©Martin WaalboerGridlocked Abidjan commuters are letting off steam thanks to a drivetime show that pokes fun at politicians.

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South Africa media in court over jamming of Zuma's State of the nation address

Freedom of expression activists and media houses have launched an urgent application in the Western Cape High Court to ensure that there is full media access to a debate the president's state of the nation address on Tuesday and to prohibit the use of mobile network jamming devices in parliament.

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I am Charlie #JeSuisCharlie

We, the staff of The Africa Report, stand with our fallen colleagues, their friends and families - all those affected by the attack in the offices of Charlie Hebdo: Ahmed, Elsa, Franck, Frédéric, Michel, Mustapha, Honoré, Tignous, Bernard, Charb, Wolinski, Cabu.

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Ghana: Furore over information law

Several associations in Ghana are demanding the country's legislature to pass the Right of Information bill into law.Ghana's failure to pass into law the Right to Information Bill (RTI) has drawn the ire of 25 professional bodies.

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South African media firm ties up with rivals to boost online offering

Photos@ReuterstabletSouth African media firm Naspers will join forces with Singapore Press Holdings and two Norwegian companies to accelerate its e-commerce business in emerging markets, part of a strategy to reinvent itself for mobile devices.

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Zambia: Radio brings power to the people

Photo©Chiwoyu SinyangweKomboni Radio broadcasts into the heart of Lusaka's slums, and it's squeezing out richer competitors.

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Somalia raises minimum journalist age to 40

The committee that made the decision was chaired by Somali Prime Minister Abdi Farah Shirdon Saaid/Photo©ReutersSomalia, with a history of repressing journalism, has set the minimum age at 40 for anyone intending to practice as a journalist in the country.

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Somaliland locks up journalist as director-general claims press 'freedom'

Somaliland's director-general remains confident of the breakaway state's press freedom, despite outcry over the jailing of two leading journalists last week.

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