Media Development and Regulation articles

Journalistic sources: must be protected

Lord Black spoke during the passage of the Investigatory Powers Bill about the importance of the protection of journalistic sources as he attempted, with others, to introduce an amendment that would guarantee their protection. He told the Lords that:  “The protection of sources is crucial for investigative reporting, whistleblowing and indeed free and unfettered political debate.

Advocating for media defence and freedom of expression in South Sudan

By Nani Jansen[1] Last week, I had the pleasure of delivering a training on freedom of expression for Albany Associates to a group of around 30 lawyers affiliated with the Center for Human Rights Lawyers in Juba, South Sudan. It was my first time there; in spite of having worked extensively across the continent over

Legal Expert Wants Laws On Criminal Libel Repealed

this article was originally published on MONROVIA, May 11 (LINA) – The Legal Consultant of Albany Associates Ltd. is calling on the government and other stakeholders to work together to ensure that Criminal Libel and other laws that affect freedom of speech and the press are repealed to enhance freedom of expression in Liberia. Dr.

Remarks by Her Excellency President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf held at PA’s Rib House, Lakpazee

Ladies and Gentlemen Let me thank Internews for the invitation to make this opening remark at the two-day seminar “Media Law and Regulatory Reform Stakeholders’ Conference”. We understand that Internews, with world-wide experience is empowering media in more than 90 countries – which will use such leverage to assist our local media to become more

Countering hate speech in the Media through Ethics and Self-regulation

Guest Post by: Poni Alice Sheila I am writing this article as a journalist from South Sudan, a country that has gone through several decades of civil strife, conflicts and the ever simmering communal fights and clashes. At the heart of these tension is hate speech which fuels and fires up the divisions, discrimination, violence, conflict

Talking Russian: Minority Politics and the Putin Doctrine in the Baltic States

The neighboring presence of Russia has always been a defining feature of Baltic security politics, but it has been amplified under the so-called Putin Doctrine. This doctrine emerged from the annexation of the Crimea in March 2014 and a key speech the Russian leader gave, asserting that Russia has the right to protect Russian-speakers outside

Internet is no longer “for the rich kids” only

A recent report titled “Media Consumption Forecasts” published by Zenith Optimedia has found that people around the world spend more than eight hours (492 minutes) a day consuming media, which represents a 1.4% increase from 2014 (485 minutes). Of 492 minutes spent consuming media, consumers spend 109.5 minutes on the Internet. Zenith Optimedia predicts that

Occasional Papers: Facing Up to Russia’s Information War in the Baltic States

In this Spring edition of our newly launched Occasional Papers series, we look at how NATO and the EU strategic communication efforts could tackle the issue of Russia’s threat in the Baltic States. You can access the report here. For more information about Albany and the contents of the report, please do not hesitate to

Jordan’s Dilemma: Freedom of Expression and National Security

The Jordanian media has been very busy in the last month with coverage of the internal and external ramifications of the Daesh murder of the Jordanian pilot Muaz Kassasbeh, who was captured by the terrorist organisation after his jet was shot down by the group in late December 2014. What the incident reveals is a

Training the South Sudan Ministry of Telecommunications

Immediately after South Sudan gained independence from Sudan on 9 July 2011, a lot of vital radio infrastructure was left in Khartoum, including expertise. Even legacy regulatory  were not shared with Juba as expected. To try and recompense for this, The Government of South Sudan (GOSS) began the process of setting up a National Communications Agency