Tawana Kupe

New era dawns for mini synfuels

Developing countries -- and the environment -- could benefit greatly from new technology that makes fuel and electricity from waste.

Radical broadcasting Bill is too rushed

The new Public Service Broadcasting Bill calls for fundamental changes to the broadcasting landscape, but there are calls for it to be reviewed.

How to free the media in Zimbabwe

After Robert Mugabe goes, Zimbabweans will have to face the fact that they have not enjoyed freedom of expression and a free media to the extent they should have as a modern and independent nation. Zimbabwe remains one of few countries in the world where the government still monopolises broadcasting and controls the largest print media company.

New Era Dawns

Professor Tawana Kupe explains why commercial broadcasting is bringing an economic and cultural revolution to Africa. In this surprising celebration of capitalism and market consolidation, he argues that Nepad and African states should implement mechanisms that encourage cross-border media ventures.

Reasonable Suspicion

Professor Tawana Kupe argues that Jacob Zuma's cries of "trial by media" are misinformed. The media works on the presumption of reasonable suspicion, not on the legal presumption that one is innocent until proven guilty.

Voices from Below

South Africa will commemorate World Press Freedom Day by focusing on community media, explains Professor Tawana Kupe, because it can be the strongest voice speaking truth to power.

Manuel’s Imbongis

Local media are uncritical praise singers of Finance Minister Trevor Manuel, argues Professor Tawana Kupe. Should Manuel's success not be judged on how his policies are sensitive to his context?

(Mis)reporting the Zim Elections

Foreign and South African media are going for dramatic value in the Zimbabwean elections at the expense of context

Succession Games

There is a growing tendency in the news media to write on President Mbeki's successor. This is little more than idle speculation.

Mbeki’s Media Smarts

Professor Tawana Kupe nominates President Mbeki for "communicator of the year" for 2004. It may be a controversial accolade, but the president does know how to outsmart us.

Nothing African About It

We may have made some major advances since the colonial era, but is their really anything "African" about the continent's media? Professor Tawana Kupe is sceptical, claiming that the modern media is an effect of the colonial intrusion into Africa.

Flip-Flop Journalism

American commercial media has a lot in common with state-controlled media in undemocratic states, argues Professor Tawana Kupe.

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