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Is the Net a different medium, in terms of free speech standards - and limits?

Frank la Rue, the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression, says that longstanding international standards for free speech in the offline world are entirely relevant to online speech.

And he argues that the related global standards for legitimate limitation of some kinds of speech apply equally to the online world.

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Taking stock of press freedom progress

Journalists like to see journalists as heroes. That’s excluding their peers in state-owned media in Africa who are more usually propagandists rather than journalists.
On the other side of the fence, governments typically like to see journalists as villains, while civil society – sitting on the fence – sees them as flawed heroes, tainted by commercial considerations.
Audiences are more sanguine. They see some journalists as angels, some as devils.

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When journalism comes cheaply

My RSS feed accurately reflected this headline "R40m to turn govt paper into daily" (see below), prompting two thoughts:

1. WTH ... is government now escalating its mouthpiece to a daily?
2. That's damn cheap if that's the case...

Clicking on the actual story showed the screw-up (See the first para). So the headline reflects a sub asleep on the job, I guess. Cheapo subbing.

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Putting media at the centre of accountability


He’s gotten up the nose of Bhisho for several years, by highlighting cases where the Eastern Cape administration has been callous, corrupt and/or incompetent.
Through this, Colm Allan, the director of the Centre for Social Accountability, has become infamous for his work in the Public Service Accountability Monitor at Rhodes University. Its work in tracking problems in service delivery has positioned him as a trouble-maker in the eyes of many politicians and bureaucrats.

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EU-AU seek to set up a Pan-African “Media Observatory”, but will it fly?

African media is supposed to be served by a proposed a Pan-African “Observatory”, but it could be a target of the initiative.

This anticipated “Media Watch” is being driven by the Commissions of the European Union and the African Union. You can find information about it on a European Commission website.

If you want more, you can also try the email address on the site, I tried this recently in search of answers for a column raising concerns about the plan.

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