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'In a turbulent era, the media and governance must define its values and principles'

Now we are living through another extraordinary period in history: one defined by dazzling political shocks and the disruptive impact of new technologies in every part of our lives. In this turbulent era, the media must define its values and principles. But the turbulence of our time may demand that we do more than adapt. The circumstances in which we report, advocate, produce, distribute and obtain the news have changed so dramatically that this moment requires nothing less than a serious consideration of what we do and why we do it.
The answer to this question is in our past, our present and our future. I want to lead a mission that relates to the world in a way that reflects our history, engages deeply with this disorientating global moment, and is sustainable for ever.
According to Freedom on the Net 2017 report, Governments around the world are dramatically increasing their efforts to manipulate information on social media, threatening the notion of the internet as a liberating …

KENYA: Social Media fueling political extremism !

In 2012, the world celebrated the influence of social media in bringing about the Arab Spring, causing the overthrow of Tunisian president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and his Egyptian counterpart, Hosni Mubarak.Social media was heralded as the voice of the people.
Analysts predicted a wider revolution that was expected to bring down the Syrian government, possibly spread into sub-Saharan Africa and remove despots who have clung to power for too long. Syria did not fall. But it is evident that violent, sectarian unrest can be linked directly to so-called citizen journalism, a euphemism for social media.

With the exception of Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya, and Ghana, sub-Saharan Africa is yet to experience the full impact of social media. In some countries, such as Cameroon, Uganda, Zimbabwe and Rwanda, social media is tightly controlled and is often shut down outright by security agents.

Like a hurricane changing course, the social media virus is now focusing its venomous fangs at bastions…

ZIMBABWE: Social Media Turns Savior in Mugabe Crisis!

The political crisis in Zimbabwe, pitting Zimbabwe’s 94-year old President Robert Mugabe against his military, who has been in power for 37 years, has witnessed a dramatic shift in how the country’s citizens access information during a crisis. It was unsual that there was an absence of state media coverage of the Zimbabwe national army’s address in which the army stated that it was not going to “hesitate” to intervene.

Thanks to Social Media, the Zimbabwean army’s bold challenge to their leader and ruling party was relayed to the nation and outside world, including the country’s vocal diaspora. Facebook, Whatsapp and Twitter were among applications used by Zimbabweans to dissect the message issued by the army. NewZimbabwe, Nehanda Radio, Zimbo Live TV, Povo Tv are examples of Zimbabwean online services that spread the message widely among Zimbabweans.

On Tuesday 14 November, state media ignored the army’s message again while social media went into overdrive analysing its implications.…

In Aung San Suu Kyi’s Myanmar - Hate speech overtakes Free speech !

"Media freedom soars in Myanmar– but not praise worthy at all"


It hasn’t been an easy first year in government for Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar’s Nobel peace laureate, and her National League for Democracy. The publication in February, by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, of its investigation of abuses of this predominantly Buddhist country’s Muslim Rohingya people, and the assassination of U Ko Ni, a close adviser to Suu Kyi, have again turned the spotlight on this emerging Asian democracy.

The UN report is a damning judgment of her management of a crisis whose existence her government had repeatedly denied, and it further highlights the deep conflict in the country. In addition to the divisions between Buddhists and Muslims, there are ongoing issues with Myanmar’s 135 or so ethnic minorities, many of which have been looking for self-determination for decades.
But as Myanmar – formerly Burma – comes out of the isolation it suffered after a mi…