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Citizens’ Analysis of Government Openness: Nine Years On! …. MISA’s 10th Transparency Assessment Report

Citizens’ Analysis of Government Openness: Nine Years On! …. MISA’s 10th Transparency Assessment Report

In commemoration of the International Day of Universal Access to Information (IDUAI) on 28 September, the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) launches its annual Transparency Assessment in seven southern African countries. This year marks the 10th publication of the annual report on the most open and most secretive public institutions in southern Africa. Seven national MISA Chapters, together with local researchers, sought to determine...

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World Radio Day

Zimbabwe still needs diverse radio

MISA Zimbabwe joins the world in commemorating World Radio Day with a reminder to the government of Zimbabwe on the need for genuine transformation of the entire broadcasting sector to allow for diversity in radio broadcasting in the country. This years commemorations are held under the theme, Radio, Sports and Cultural Diversity. In its announcement of the theme this year, the United Nations Educational, Scientific...

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Scrapping of broadcasting and access to information laws long overdue – MISA Zimbabwe

Scrapping of broadcasting and access to information laws long overdue – MISA Zimbabwe

  MISA Zimbabwe welcomes remarks by Acting Minister of Information, Media and Broadcasting Services, Simon Khaya Moyo, that his ministry is in the process of aligning the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (AIPPA) and the Broadcasting Services Act (BSA) with the Constitution. Moyo was speaking at the launch of the Media Alliance of Zimbabwe’s elections programme on 2 February 2018.  The programme...

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Zimbabwean government’s broadcasting licence call questionable

Zimbabwean government’s broadcasting licence call questionable

MISA Zimbabwe is greatly concerned with government’s sincerity to boost local content production following the call by the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ) on 21 January 2018 seeking to licence broadcasting services providers who do not require the allocation of broadcasting frequencies. Who May Apply?  The services listed by BAZ as eligible to apply are outlined in the 2004 Licensing and Content Regulations made in...

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ZIMBABWE: Police, media agree on actions to secure a safe environment for media operations

ZIMBABWE: Police, media agree on actions to secure a safe environment for media operations

The Zimbabwe Republic Police and representatives of media organisations led by MISA Zimbabwe Trustee Cris Chinaka met in Harare on 20 December 2017, and have agreed on a raft of actions to secure a safe and conducive working environment for journalists. The police delegation was led by Police Spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba. In attendance during the meeting brokered by MISA Zimbabwe as a...

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MISA condemns attacks on Zambia’s 5FM Radio by Patriotic Front cadres

MISA condemns attacks on Zambia’s 5FM Radio by Patriotic Front cadres

MISA Zambia condemns, in the strongest terms, the action by alleged Patriotic Front (PF) cadres in Lusaka Province for blocking Dr. Chishimba Kambwili from featuring on 5FM radio programme dubbed the ‘Burning Issue’. The radio station had invited Dr. Kambwili to discuss the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Party and the political landscape in Zambia on its radio programme. As an institution that stands for media...

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Minister calls for news content in local languages to promote access to information – Zambia

Minister calls for news content in local languages to promote access to information – Zambia

Brenda Bukowa With 68 percent of Zambians living in poverty and literacy levels standing at 55.3 percent with more pronouncement in females than males, publication of newspapers and magazines in various local languages can be key to information dissemination to the general public. This can further increase public understanding of national issues and in turn strengthen the practice of freedom of expression at community level....

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MISA Zambia condemns Minister’s threats to close down K-FM Radio

MISA Zambia condemns Minister’s threats to close down K-FM Radio

MISA Zambia is disturbed that Luapula Province Minister Nickson Chilangwa has warned that he will close down K-FM Radio in Mansa if the station continues to broadcast divergent and opposing views from people perceived to be attacking the government of the day. The reports quoting Chilangwa indicate that he issued the threats when addressing a rally in Mansa on Sunday 26th November, 2017. As MISA...

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President Mnangagwa should crack media reforms whip

President Mnangagwa should crack media reforms whip

As President Emmerson Mnangagwa assumes his presidency following his inauguration as Zimbabwe’s new leader, MISA Zimbabwe urges him to prioritise the implementation of long overdue media reforms critical to a new democratic dispensation. In his inauguration speech on 24 November 2017, President Mnangagwa said he would ensure that the pillars of democracy are strengthened and respected. In breaking with the past, President Mnangagwa should also...

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Note to new cybersecurity minister … ‘it’s about trust and respect for rights’

Note to new cybersecurity minister … ‘it’s about trust and respect for rights’

MISA Zimbabwe notes with concern the creation of a new ministry of Cybersecurity, Threat Detection and Mitigation in the ministerial reassignments and appointments made by President Robert Mugabe on 9 October 2017. Former Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Patrick Chinamasa will head the Ministry. Concerns over the establishment of this ministry are informed by a series of veiled threats on the use of social...

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