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date_range Starts on August 16, 2021
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assignment Level : Introductive
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This free course aims to empower activists, students, regulators, journalists, lawyers, and everyone interested in ensuring a free, pluralistic and independent African media.

As highlighted in times of COVID-19, the media play a critical role in democratic societies by informing citizens, facilitating and building freedom of expression, and fostering access to information.

This course will help you to identify the principles and components of democratic media policy and practice, and to identify strategies for effective engagement with these matters in African settings.

Drawing from a network of experts and recent case studies from across the continent, we will explore what freedom of expression is and why it is important for democracy.

We will discuss the components and actors of democratic media policy and practice for print, broadcast and online media.

Together, we'll take a look at media pluralism and diversity; media regulation in a democratic media environment; and issues concerning the Internet.

The course is dedicated to and seeks to deepen the work of the late Southern African activist, Jeanette Minnie, who was devoted to robust civil society engagement with African media policy.

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Syllabus

  • Core elements of the principles of freedom of expression, media freedom, and access to information
  • Policy and practical components necessary to democratic media ecosystems
  • Regulatory and other measures that build media pluralism and diversity
  • Mechanisms of self-regulation, co-regulation, statutory regulation and regulatory independence in democratic media ecosystems
  • The practical and policy dimensions introduced by online media, online expression, and online information access
  • Strategies for effective civil society engagement with policy and practice in support of democratic Africa media ecosystems
  • The impact of the Covid-19 Pandemic on journalists and on the media.
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Instructors

Justine Limpitlaw
Electronic Communications Law Consultant and Visiting Adjunct Professor, LINK Centre
Wits University

Paula Fray
Founder and Managing Director
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Zoe Titus
Strategic Coordinator
Namibia Media Trust

Koketso Moeti
Founding Executive Director
Amandla.mobi

Sarah Chiumbu
Associate Professor, School of Communication
University of Johannesburg

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The University of the Witwatersrand is a South African academic institution located in Johannesburg, Gauteng Province, in the historic Witwatersrand region. The university is nicknamed "Wits". It is the largest and most prestigious university in South Africa.

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