A couple of weeks ago we blogged that workers employed in care homes in
north London (UK) were told by their employer — a private company
called Fremantle — that their wages were being cut by 30%, their hours
increased, their sick pay become a thing of the past, and their
pensions reduced, triggering an <a href="http://blog.apc.org/en/index.shtml?x=5197682">online campaign from LabourStart</a>
which was then taken offline following letters to LaborStart’s internet
service provider from Freemantle. The campaign continues. Read this
update from LabourStart.
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.
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.
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.
Ngurumo, a famous Tanzanian blogger, claimed during the Digital Indaba
Citizen (a great workshop held before Highway see http://dci.ru.ac.za)
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 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.
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: http://brendait.blogspot.com
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.