Global Media Law & Policy




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Sub-Saharan Africa 

Guide on How to Use the Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA) Act 2 of 2000

Freedom of Expression

Civil society meeting resolves to tackle SABC crisis and form coalition for independent broadcasting. From the Freedom of Expression Institute, South Africa, 11 June 2008.

Intellectual Property

Copyright Act of 1978

Internet Law

Electronic Communications and Transactions Act 2002


Many Possibilities – Steve Song –

Development Initiatives

African Media Development Initiative (AMDI) A BBC World Service Trust Project – –A World Bank program on information for development

Think Tanks, Networking Sites, & Watchdog Groups

Association for Progressive Communications (APC) –

Soul Beat Africa – part of the Communication Initiative Network –

Freedom of Expression Institute (Johannesburg, SA) The website contains a number of archival documents related to the broadcasting and media law.

Institute for Democracy in South Africa (IDASA) – Media@IDASA –

– Project of the Institute for the Advancement of Journalism and Wits University Journalism Department – A Zimbabwean NGO networking portal

Link Centre (Johannesburg, SA) – Think tank specializing in ICT and communications policy in southern Africa.

Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) (headquartered in Namibia) –

Media Monitoring Africa

Media Monitoring Project of Zimbabwe

Open Society Foundation for South Africa (Cape Town, SA) – – A development portal for NGOs in southern Africa.

Media and ICT Law Resources

African Telecommunications Union –


Botswana Telecommunications Authority (BTA)

South Africa

Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA)

Media Development and Diversity Agency (MDDA) Statutory body entrusted with the responsibility of promoting media development and diversity in S.A. by providing financial and other support to community (non profit) and small commercial media projects.

National Association of Broadcasters

Universal Service and Access Agency of South Africa

Media and ICT Laws and Policy Papers

South Africa

Independent Broadcasting Act of 1993 –

Broadcasting Act of 1999 –

The Electronic Communications Act 36 of 2005

Electronic Communications Amendment Act 37 of 2007

Save our SABC Coalition submission to NCOP on Broadcasting Amendment Bill –

Sisulu Commission of Enquiry into blacklisting allegations at the SABC