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New study on southern Africa media laws launched
December 2003

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The Nelson Mandela Institute has published a new study on media laws in four southern African countries, which should be a welcome resource for press-freedom campaigners and journalists in the region, reports IJNet (

"SADC Media Law: A Handbook for Media Practitioners" gives a detailed overview of media laws and journalistic practices in Malawi, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe. It surveys each country's media landscape and analyses laws governing press freedom, including those concerning access to information, defamation and privacy.

The study also outlines the regulatory structures controlling print and electronic media in each
country, as well as ethical codes used by journalists. Interviews with various journalists provide a glimpse into the challenges facing the media.

Funded by the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS), a German foundation, the study will include other southern African countries in upcoming years.

The handbook is available in print or electronic PDF format from KAS. Visit:

Contact KAS by telephone (+27-11) 214-2900 or by E-mail:

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