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Understanding Press Coverage of Cross-Border Migration in Southern Africa Since 2000

"Xenophobia is a distinctive and widespread phenomenon in South and Southern Africa. The print media, in particular, has been accused of exacerbating xenophobic attitudes. This paper discusses press coverage of cross-border migration in Southern ...

The State of the Media in the Democratic Republic of Congo

"This paper provides an overview of the state of the media in the DRC and the role it is playing in the current transition. What has emanated from this study is that the media in the DRC is faced with serious challenges. Its contribution to the ...

Voices of Disquiet on the Malawian Airwaves

"Human Rights NGOs are considered vanguards in the struggle against injustice and authoritarianism in Africa. But their narrow focus on civil and political rights neglects widely held economic grievances. In Malawi, an audience-driven radio progr...

SAIIA International Affairs Bulletin, vol. 4, no. 3, 1980

This issue of the newsletter starts with Smuts House Notes. It then covers topics on South Africa-changing American perceptions; some observations on US media coverage of South Africa in the 1980s; the Foreign Policy Dynamics of countries great an...

The Rise of China's State-led Media Dynasty in Africa

"China is no exception to the global rise of developing media, who are challenging dominant traditional players. China’s state-owned media are increasing their influence in the world as an instrument of its grander soft power engagement. The pap...

Separatist Agitations in Nigeria: War versus Peace Journalism

The mass media are veritable tools for information dissemination, surveillance and correlation. Conflict reporting is one of the delicate areas of media practice. The type of agenda the media set on a conflict can either fuel or quell the crisis...

West Africa Insight Vol 7 no.1: Keeping Track in 2019: Votes, Fake News and Security in West Africa

This edition of West Africa Insight will look ahead to key issues and events set to play out in 2019. In February two of the region’s countries will hold presidential elections. Voters will cast their ballots on 16 February in Nigeria. Ahead of th...

Horn of Africa Bulletin, Volume 31, Issue 1, March-April 2019

This issue of the HAB had the objective of understanding the impact of China’s expanding influence in the Horn of Africa by foregrounding perspectives not just from the Horn but also perspectives that are alternative. The articles in this issue of...

The New Africa Initiative Working for Synergy

"The New Africa Initiative (NAI) was initiated in July 1996 in Uganda with the support of the Nairobi-based Ford Foundation's Governance and Civil Society Program for Eastern Africa. The idea was to advance mutually beneficial interaction among ...

The Role of Public Sentiment and Social Media in the Evolving China-Africa Relationship

"The demands of public diplomacy have shifted with the development of social media technologies. Increasingly, governments are required to gauge and respond to public sentiment over and above the one-way communication of broadcast media. The soc...

APRM and the Media: Getting the Story Right

"Although the APRM is innovative and potentially headline-generating, it has so far failed to attract significant media coverage. It is aimed at improving their lives but most of the people of Africa do not know about it. This paper examines four...

Linkages between Research, Advocacy and Media Work for Pro-Poor Policy Development and Accountability in Africa Learning from Practice

The colloquium focused on learning from practical experience in trying to build linkages between research, advocacy and media groups for more effective pro-poor policy work by each group, the challenges and successes in linking the work of the thr...

The Challenges of Communicating Science: A Journalist's Perspective

"Although the trend is changing, science reporting is not a daily routine in most media houses worldwide. Science reporting - unlike sports, politics, business, arts and culture – is generally placed on the fringes of mainstream journalism. Clos...

Barriers between Scientists and Journalists: Myth or Reality?

"This paper discusses barriers between scientists and journalists. The purpose is to increase understanding about the inherent differences between scientists and journalists that separate them and inhibit the dissemination of scientific informati...

Strong Public Support for 'Watchdog' Role Backs African News Media under Attack

"More than 100 journalists have fled tiny Burundi to escape repression and danger, according to Reporters Without Borders – a dramatic illustration of the impact of a “deep and disturbing decline in respect for media freedom at both the global and...

BIDPA Newsletter December 2013

This newsletter provides an update of research and consultancy projects, and other general activities.

The Role of Public Sentiment and Social Media in the Evolving China-Africa Relationship

"The demands of public diplomacy have shifted with the development of social media technologies. Increasingly, governments are required to gauge and respond to public sentiment over and above the one-way communication of broadcast media. The soc...

Industry Regulation in Botswana: Case Studies in Industry Governance, Implementation and Public Accountability

"In recent years the Government of Botswana has retreated in some form from direct production and provision of many goods and services in favour of achieving various policy goals through regulation. This book takes the view of regulation as a form...

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