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Africa: info access vs info rights

Brisbane is a long way to discuss a debate in Africa over information. But it's the venue of the World Press Freedom Day commemoration on 3 May 2010, and UNESCO asked me to make an input. To this end, I drafted a paper, arguing for the importance (at least equivalent) of practical access to info in African conditions, in relation to the (largely unrealised) political right to information.

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A downer on digital

My second name (besides Julian, Eliot, Gough - what were my parents thinking?) should have been digital. "G D Berger". Since I realised the power of digital compression, without which ICT would not exist, I've been a promoter of all things digital.
But in the past year, something's gone sour. It's called digital migration. This is a process so complex and so costly, that it would need to be worth mega-benefits if it was to happen.

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Message to Icasa: stay out the way of Internet broadcasting

Our regulatory body, the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa, is muddling over whether to start regulating areas of video on the Internet - what it confusingly calls the activities of IPTV and Video on Demand. The intention is evident in a Discussion Document published by the Authority.

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Imaging Africa and Africanising Images

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The Nation group celebrated its 50th birthday last week with a major media conference in Nairobi. I was a keynote speaker, dealing with the longstanding issue of Africa's image in the media.

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Countering the critics of African journalism

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Kwame Karikari and Amadou Ba pool their wisdom

Champions for freedom of information in Africa often have to respond to claims that the media would abuse such a dispensation. Governments resist granting rights to information, citing “irresponsible” journalism that incites public violence. So the media is presented as being the roadblock to reform.

At a conference in Accra, convened by the Carter Centre, media leaders Karikari and Ba gave their counter-arguments:

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