posted by Valerie Dekimpe
Burundi’s radio stations, traditionally the most popular source for news in the East African country, have been all but shut down since a failed coup last May. In the wake of the coup attempt, President Pierre Nkurunziza cracked down on the independent press, including the country’s “big four” independent channels: Radio Publique Africaine (RPA), Radio Bonesha, Radio Isanganiro and Radio Télé Renaissance. All were destroyed by presidential loyalists on May 14, forcing journalists into exile and plunging Burundi into a media blackout.
Radio Isanganiro was allowed to resume broadcasting on February 19 alongside Rema FM,…
posted by Jocelyne Sambira
“I can’t find a normal picture of Africa!” wailed Rebecca Moundio, an assistant editor for Africa Renewal, a magazine covering economic issues on the continent.
Sifting through a database of images captured in various African countries, all she could find were pictures of children with…
posted by Annie Claire Bergeron-Oliver
Global state-funded television news channels like Al Jazeera, China’s CCTV and RT (formerly Russia Today) have proliferated in recent years — and now they’re expanding, with a host of new services that tailor the news to local interests.
Al Jazeera, for example, has hired close to 200 people for an all-Turkish channel. RT now offers Spanish-language reports. And at CCTV, programs that debuted early this year include “Biz Asia America,” a daily business show targeted at the U.S., and “Americas Now,” a weekly newsmagazine for Latin America.
But one of the busiest new markets for the global…