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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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Misa Malawi has a great new website!

Misa Malawi has a great new website!

We are very excited! MISA Malawi has launched an entirely new website to better serve the freedom of expression community in southern Africa. We’ve spent months completely reworking how our new site is organised so it’s much simpler to navigate and find what you’re are looking for. We’ve also overhauled the design to make it easier on the eye. Plus you can now visit our...

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MISA Malawi introduces Journalism Mentorship Programme

MISA Malawi is inviting its paid-up members to apply for a three months mentorship program which will run from October 1 – December 31, 2017. The Chapter has embarked on the mentorship program to transfer skills and expertise from seasoned journalists to upcoming ones within the sector. All successful applicants will be paired with mentors based on field, skills and knowledge gaps. Among the areas...

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ZAMBIA: Prepare for digital migration or face going off air

ZAMBIA: Prepare for digital migration or face going off air

Television stations in Zambia need to switch to digital broadcasting by October 1 to avoid going off air when the analogue signal is switched off. MISA Zambia Chairperson, Helen Mwale, says television stations across the country, especially those still broadcasting under the analogue signal transmission, should prepare themselves for digital migration to avoid going off air once the analogue signal is switched off. Ms. Mwale...

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ZIMBABWE: Journalists sustain injuries after assault by police

ZIMBABWE: Journalists sustain injuries after assault by police

On 29 September 2017, journalists Mugove Tafirenyika and Brighton Goko who work for the privately owned Daily News sustained injuries after being reportedly assaulted by the police while covering demonstrations in Harare’s central business district. An editor with the Daily News said the journalists had been rushed to hospital for treatment following the assault. The severity of their injuries could not be immediately ascertained. MISA...

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