In The News

Check out our regular news roundup of some of the top headlines in African journalism, innovation and digital media — a quick summary designed to keep you updated!

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Egypt’s new stiff media and social media restrictions

The Egyptian government has imposed new rules that allow the state to block websites and social media accounts for ‘fake news’ or incitement. The new restrictions allow the government to block websites and social media accounts with more than 5,000 followers if the state deems them a threat to national security. The Egyptian Supreme Media Regulatory Council can impose stiff penalties of up to 250,000 Egyptian pounds ($14,400), all without having to obtain a court order to block these websites and social media accounts.

Three journalists attacked in Ghana

Three Ghanaian Times newspaper journalists, Malik Sulemana, Raissa Sambou, and Salifu Abdul Rahman were brutally attacked on March 14, 2019, while they were on their way to cover a story. The Media Foundation of West Africa reported that the attack was carried out by police officers. The foundation is calling for the police administration to investigate the attack and other attacks on journalists in the country.

Congolese journalist jailed

A Democratic Republic of Congo journalist, Steeve Mwanyo Iwewe has been jailed for reportedly insulting Équateur Governor Bobo Boloko Bolumbu. According to the Committee to Protect Journalists Iwewe may be the first journalist to be imprisoned in the country under the presidency of Félix Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilombo.

Zambian broadcast media regulator suspends TV Channel

The Independent Broadcasting Authority (IBA) announced on 4 March that it was closing Prime TV, one of Zambia’s most popular and outspoken TV channels. The station is set to be closed for 30 days for “unbalanced coverage, opinionated news, material likely to incite violence and use of derogatory language”.

Sikuvile Awards entries deadline extended

The submission deadline for The Standard Bank Sikuvile Journalism Awards, as well as the Frewin, McCall and Joel Mervis newspaper competition, have been extended to Monday, 1 April 2019.

The Awards recognise excellence in journalism and strive to reward journalists for publishing the truth under difficult, and threatening, conditions. Entries can be submitted to the PSS offices or via email to or

Click here for more information on how to apply.

Opportunities and Events

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New Opportunities for March & April

Take advantage of these opportunities to enhance your skills and careers.

Call for Applications: Ruth First Fellowship 2019 — Migrancy and Populism

Grants available for audiovisual, investigative reporting

Open Society offers media grants [West Africa]

Mobile journalism contest accepting entries

Global Conference: Call for Research Papers/Abstracts


Funding journalism on science, health and the environment

This webinar marks the first in a series exploring innovative ways to fund reporting on science, health and the environment.

Date: 28 March, 2019, 12pm— 1 p.m. (GMT-0400) US/Eastern

The International Journalism Festival

Dubbed the biggest media event for journalists in Europe, The International Journalism Festival will take place from April 3 to 7 in Perugia, Italy.

The festival will be live-streamed around the world. Live streaming for all 2019 festival sessions will be available on the festival’s homepage.