Tabloid Journalism and Press Freedom in Africa

Tabloid Journalism and Press Freedom in Africa


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This book studies tabloid journalism newspapers within the broader context of press freedom in Africa. After defining tabloid journalism and professional practices within various political contexts, the book then proceeds to consider tabloids in Southern Africa and emerging cyberspace laws. Many factors of press freedom are considered, including the impact of public order and national security laws on tabloids in North Africa, the impact of defamation laws on tabloids in West Africa, the impact of the fake news laws on tabloids in East Africa, and the impact of sedition and treason laws on tabloids in Central Africa. Exploring tabloid journalism and press freedom in Arabic, Portuguese, and Francophone speaking countries across Africa, this book is a unique addition to this emerging field. The book concludes by providing a synthesis of the developing patterns from the cases analysed and by looking to the future to make recommendations and map the challenges and the successes.



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Palgrave Macmillan

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tabloid journalism, Africa, press freedom


Communication | Journalism Studies


Pilon School of Business

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Chama, B. (2020). Tabloid journalism and press freedom in Africa. Palgrave Macmillan.

Tabloid Journalism and Press Freedom in Africa


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