The OSISA Journalism Summer School is a response to the perceived multiple challenges confronting journalism and the media in Southern Africa.

AfriMAP study says reforms needed to support democracy

ATI conference increases pressure on government to act

But MISA condemns continued attacks on media workers

Most people hear little about Zambia and so assume that all is well. But it’s not.  Things are very far from well. And they’re getting worse.

And to understand this all you need to do is glance at the 2013 Risk List produced by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), which groups Zambia alongside the likes of Egypt, Liberia, Syria, Russia and Vietnam. It is not an enviable set of bedfellows.

Concern over powers of media commission

All you need to know about President Ian Khama’s view of the private media in Botswana is encapsulated in a quote he delivered at his party’s recent national conference. “These people are shallow in their reasoning,” he said, “and do not contribute anything that is good to the society.”

Outcry over latest violation of freedom of expression

The ruling party of Namibia, SWAPO, rounded on the state-owned media this week for a perceived lack of patriotism and failure to adhere to the SWAPO Manifesto. Senior ruling party officials - including Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana, widely tipped to be in line for the presidency in the elections scheduled for 2014 - have lashed out at state-owned newspapers and the national broadcaster, NBC. Iivula-Ithana seems to have been particularly irked at the failure of the NBC to cover her visits to community courts across the northern region.

The October 24 general elections are likely be the most competitive in the history of Botswana. According to the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), 824,073 eligible voters have registered to vote in this year’s elections.

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