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Media Legislation in Africa: A Comparative Legal Survey, by Guy Berger

With support from UNESCO, a publication on media legislation in Africa has just been released, the result of research undertaken by a team of African scholars, coordinated by Professor Guy Berger, Head of the School of Journalism and Media Studies at Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa.

In a press release, l’UNESCO states that the study, entitled “Media Legislation in Africa: A Comparative Legal Survey”, includes an overview of the existing media legislation in ten multi-party democracies in Africa and a comparative analysis, while also putting the legislation in perspective with respect to regional and international standards and best-practices in the field of media law conducive to freedom of expression. The countries surveyed are Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Mali, Mozambique, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania and Zambia.

Quoting Professor Guy Berger, the press release notes that “This book puts country laws in an international and African context, and it also generates recommendations that apply to both the ten states in the study as well as others.”

You can download this study by visiting UNESCO’s website.