iSpeak Monthly: February 2022

It’s February, the month of love, and our hearts are overflowing with devotion for our valentine – radio – or at least that would be the case with contributor Norah Appolus, Namibia’s grande dame of broadcasting. She’s composed a compassionate and heartfelt love letter that tunes into the historical and timeless relationship between radio and its listeners. It shows exactly why we celebrate World Radio Day on 13 February.

The power of radio is none more apparent than in Africa where, more often than not, it is the only link between the peoples of a country and even to the rest of the world, especially for those living in rural or remote areas. Nigerian feminists Obialunmma Efemena Omekedo and Nkechi Ilochi- Kanny share their experience of women who are using radio to revolutionise the struggle for gender justice in their country.

Guilherme Canela and Andrea Cairola reflect on the evolution of the seminal 1991 Windhoek Declaration on Promoting an Independent and Pluralistic African Press over three decades and how the media sector has adapted itself to a changing landscape, and particularly the opportunities offered to the Fourth Estate by the Windhoek+30 Declaration to sustain its credibility. Through their generous contribution we were able to translate the Windhoek+30 declaration into Kiswahili and Portuguese. How do we use the law to ensure the safety of journalists? A seemingly simple question, but we’re in the safe hands of iSPEAK podcast guest and expert on the issue, Edetaen Ojo, who assists us to unpack this complex issue.

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Source: iSpeak Africa


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