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A new training module to help journalists in Africa become more aware of their rights and responsibilities in terms of copyright has launched today by the Ethical Journalism Network (EJN), in partnership with the Federation of African Journalists (FAJ) and Thomson Foundation, with funding from the Norwegian-based Kopinor Licensing agency.
Access the course here: Copyright: How to protect it, how not to breach it.
Copyright issues are one of the many challenges facing African journalists and therefore the problem of journalists keeping control of their rights, especially online, is often obscured by other pressing matters such as job security, low pay and press freedom.
However, as the new course explains, there are many practical steps that journalists and newsrooms can take to protect their own rights and make sure that they respect the rights of others.
The course is based on interviews with Ghanaian journalists, editors and lawyers, at an event to raise awareness about copyright issues in African media alongside UNESCO’s World Press Freedom Day event in Accra in May. It also draws on expertise from renowned Kenyan journalist, Salim Amin, the chairman of Camerapix, one of Africa’s leading photo agencies.
The journalists, editors, media owners and lawyers at the EJN meeting on May 1 in Accra agreed that the relentless breaches of journalists’ copyright is doing serious “economic damage” to news organisations in Ghana and called for a campaign to raise awareness of authors’ and journalists’ rights in Africa.
The launch of this free online course is the first stage of this campaign and part of the Ethical Journalism Network’s wider work in Africa, which over the last year has focused around the Turing the Page of Hate Campaign to help media respond to hate speech and targeted interventions around key elections in Kenya, Cameroon and Nigeria.