EDRI General Assembly Reaffirms Current Course

Skopje, Macedonia

Delegates representing NGOs-members of the EDRI (European Digital Rights) network took part in the General Assembly (GA) in Berlin September 1-2, 2007, discussing current issues of interest and the overall functioning of the association.

Internet Forum - Continent to Send 20 Delegates


Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in Africa are to send a 20-member
delegation to the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Rio de Janeiro,
Brazil, in November 2007 to ensure that the African voices are heard.
Speaking on behalf of the CSOs, Ms Natasha Primo of the Association for
Progressive Communications (APC) said that the essence of bringing the
crusade to the largest gathering of pen-pushers on the continent was to
guarantee that African communicators were not left out.

Soweto Uprisings wins a new media award


Ismail Farouk scooped the winning prize in the “individual” category of the Highway Africa New Media Award 2007, for his website Soweto, which he describes as a “Google maps mash up”.

Women in the African newsroom


Kristin Palitza of Agenda Magazine was the chair of a discussion panel on gender and the media today, September 11 2007, in Grahamstown, South Africa. Unlike most of the other panels at Highway Africa, this one lined up three women and no man. Certainly a colourful and rather critical one in an event where only 15 out of 55 speakers are women.

Highway Africa talks training


The Highway
Africa 2007 Conference kicked off yesterday, with an opening discussion
on the conference theme: excellence in journalism and journalism as a
profession on the African continent. Read the full article on ITWeb.

Journalists need to “villagise” Internet

Ngurumo, a famous Tanzanian blogger, claimed during the Digital Indaba
Citizen (a great workshop held before Highway see
that “Africa’s best stories remain untold because journalists and
bloggers have focused on urban areas and neglected rural areas. Read the full article on the Web2forDev blog.

African journalists refuse to be taken for granted


African journalists will no longer accept being taken for granted by those in power. This is the underlying mood of many of the 600-plus African journalists – comprising the biggest gathering of African journalists on the continent – attending the Highway Africa conference hosted by the Rhodes University School of Journalism. Full article on the The Herald Online.

Quality and Professionalism in Journalism


Prof. Fackson Banda, the acting Head of school of Journalism, Rhodes
University spoke to Brenda Zulu and Zachary Ochieng on the quality and
professionalism in journalism as well as Highway Africa’s achievements and challenges to date. Read the full article and Brenda Zulu’s many ICT-related articles on her blog:

Journalists will not blog until they receive feedback


Mohamed Nanabhay from Qatar’s Al Jazeera and Vincent Maher from South Africa’s Mail & Guardian argue that the adoption by mainstream media of “social media” is what will reload citizen journalism. This is the note on which the Digital Citizen Indaba conference about blogging came to an end.

VIDEO: "Blogging IS journalism"


‘s a video interview with
Vincent Maher, blogging connoisseur
, recently interviewed by the Zoopy online video team in Grahamstown, South Africa. The Zoopy team is taping all the interventions at this year’s Highway Africa conference and Digital Citizen Indaba, conferences about media and blogging. Vincent Maher from the Mail & Guardian Online has delivered a strong message yesterday. Here is a more toned-down interview, full of nice insights.

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