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South African police repeatedly force journalists to delete photos

March 20, 2015 5:19 PM ET

South Africa is synonymous with crime in the eyes of many--as evidenced by the recent mugging of a TV crew live on camera--but for the press, a more sinister threat to freedom lies in the growing number of cases where it is the police, in flagrant denial of their...

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After Charlie Hebdo attack, vigils, protests and publishing bans

January 27, 2015 2:18 PM ET

Protests against the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo were held in Afghanistan, Pakistan, the Middle East and parts of Africa over the weekend, as crowds demonstrated against the magazine's portrayal of the Prophet Muhammad, according to news reports....

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South Africa's new communications ministry causes concern

May 30, 2014 10:40 AM ET

Freedom of expression advocates in South Africa are concerned that the new Ministry of Communications, announced by President Jacob Zuma when he unveiled his cabinet on May 25, will compromise the independence of the public broadcaster and serve as a propaganda office....

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SABC betrays South Africa's young democracy

May 6, 2014 4:18 PM ET

This week, South Africans go to the polls for their fifth democratic elections since 1994, but despite constitutional guarantees of media freedom, the vast majority of South Africans who vote will do so informed only by the positive news and information carried by a public broadcaster widely criticized for...

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Journalists can help curb gender-based violence

November 22, 2013 10:06 AM ET

Training journalists how to better cover gender-based violence can help challenge attitudes that foster sexual attacks. Helping journalists learn personal skills to safely navigate sexual aggression can help prevent them from becoming victims themselves....

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SABC keeps lid on 'Project Spear' documentary

August 2, 2013 2:39 PM ET

The South African Broadcasting Corporation is in the news for not airing a politically sensitive documentary that details allegations of apartheid-era theft of public funds. The public broadcaster, which had commissioned the film, has also refused to sell the rights back to the filmmaker and has filed a lawsuit...

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Photographers attacked: Two weeks in southern Africa

June 5, 2013 12:39 PM ET

From Cape Town to Lilongwe, four photographers on routine news assignments in major southern Africa cities were assaulted by security officials in the past two weeks. The details differ, but the heavy-handed actions in each case reflect a belief among those responsible for security that they are above the...

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Worrying trends at South Africa's public broadcaster

December 18, 2012 4:32 PM ET

South Africa is in the midst of one of its most important political events--the ruling African National Congress's Mangaung elective conference, which takes place once every five years to shape policy and elect new leadership.  Because of the power of the ANC as South Africa's leading political party, the...

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Remembering South African photojournalist Alf Kumalo

October 24, 2012 2:35 PM ET

Photojournalist Alf Kumalo, whose career chronicled the inception, injustice, and demise of apartheid in South Africa, passed away on Sunday in a Johannesburg hospital at the age of 82....

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South African Secrecy Bill kept at bay, for now

September 20, 2012 3:26 PM ET

South African journalists and civil society groups were uneasy this month amid rumors that the Protection of State Information Bill, commonly known as the Secrecy Bill, would pass the Upper House of parliament, the last step before a presidential signature. Since 2008, journalists and civil society have lobbied against...

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