Africa Media Matters

Africa Media Matters brings together critical news and information from across the African continent; providing a unique insight into the challenges and opportunities facing Africa’s media. Monthly programmes will feature the latest media news, in-depth analysis of emerging stories from media and civil society leaders, and profile the work of African entrepreneurs who are breaking new ground.

 
 
 
 
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Episode 5, Jun '11

Bolstering Nigerian Election Reporting

 

As the dust settles on the 2011 elections in Nigeria, African Media Matters talks to those involved in IWPR’s innovative election reporting programme, set up to boost coverage of the poll and promote balanced, accurate journalism across the country. We hear from the Nigerian Union of Journalists about the challenges facing its members and from IWPR’s Veronica Oakeshott on how these were addressed through training workshops and story production. Also British journalism professor Ivor Gaber and Lanre Arogundade, the director of the Lagos-based International Press Centre, discuss the programme’s election-related news service, Nigerian Election News Report, which assisted participants with their reporting of the ballot, and consider the role the initiative can play in the future.

 

Africa Media Matters Archive

29 Jun 11

As the dust settles on the 2011 elections in Nigeria, African Media Matters talks to those involved in IWPR’s innovative election reporting programme, set up to boost coverage of the poll and promote balanced, accurate journalism across the country.

26 Feb 11

Zimbabwean journalists are under the cosh again. This time the authorities have quadrupled registration and accreditation fees for those employed by international media. Alex Bell, news presenter for the independent, London-based SW Radio Africa, which broadcasts to Zimbabwe, explains why new charges could end up being ruinous for local reporters.

26 Feb 11

In recent years, Rwanda has faced severe criticism for its squeeze on media freedom and harassment of independent journalists. But could this be about to change? The government has agreed to review three laws that campaigners say restrict press reporting. African Media Matters discussed the significance of the move with Henry Maina, the East African director of the freedom of expression group Article 19. He began by outlining the pieces of legislation the authorities say they will consider reforming.

26 Feb 11

Following the prominent role that social media played in spurring protests in Tunisia and Egypt, Sudanese activists recently tried to organise a large-scale demonstration on 30 January in Khartoum. But the march proved a disappointment with a poor turnout, while those who made it felt the force of the security forces. Nesrine Malik, a Sudanese-born journalist and commentator based in London, explains why the influence of social media remains limited in Sudan.

26 Feb 11

As the Ivory Coast crisis enters a third month, the United Nations peace keeping force deployed in the country, UNOCI, says it has been the victim of a hate campaign by the state-owned broadcaster Radio Television Ivoirienne, RTI. The station is currently controlled by journalists loyal to Laurent Gbagbo who is refusing to hand over power to Alassane Ouattara, internationally recognised as the winner of November's presidential election. Hamadoun Toure, the UNONCI spokesman, described the intimidation the peacekeepers are being subjected to.