Access to information


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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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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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 Zimbabwe reminds us that ‘citizens have the right to know’

MISA Zimbabwe reminds us that ‘citizens have the right to know’

MISA Zimbabwe joins the world in commemorating the International Day for Universal Access to Information (IDUAI) and urges the Zimbabwean government to fulfil its constitutional and regional obligations to foster the enjoyment of citizens’ right to access to information. This year’s theme is ‘Right to Information: Open and accountable government and the media’s role’, where: Open government builds community trust Government transparency strengthens community participation and our democracy...

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Citizens’ Analysis of Government Openness; MISA launches its 2017 Transparency Assessment

Citizens’ Analysis of Government Openness; MISA launches its 2017 Transparency Assessment

In commemoration of the International Day of Universal Access to Information (IDUAI) on 28 September 2017, the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) launches its annual Transparency Assessment in eight southern African countries. Eight national MISA Chapters, together with local researchers, sought to determine the ease or difficulty with which citizens can access information held by public institutions in their respective countries. The Transparency Assessment...

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MISA Zimbabwe partners with local community to undertake social audit

MISA Zimbabwe partners with local community to undertake social audit

A social audit undertaken by the United Mutare Residents and Ratepayers Trust (UMRRT) launched recently in the eastern border town of Mutare blames ‘serious malpractices and corruption’ as the reason for deteriorating service delivery in the city. UMRRT partnered with MISA-Zimbabwe in the project which involved interviews with residents and information requests to determine the level of information sharing, openness, transparency, responsiveness and accountability, on...

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MISA Zambia welcomes Justice Minister’s pronouncement on ATI; calls for a roadmap for the process

MISA Zambia welcomes Justice Minister’s pronouncement on ATI; calls for a roadmap for the process

MISA Zambia welcomes the pronouncement by Justice Minister Given Lubinda at the 2017 Universal Periodic Review that the Access to Information bill is ready and that government is working on systems that will readily avail the information to the public. The enactment of the ATI bill is long overdue as it has stalled since 2002 when it was presented to parliament, with successive governments-including the...

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MISA Malawi applauds Parliament for passing Access to Information Bill

MISA Malawi applauds Parliament for passing Access to Information Bill

MISA Malawi applauds the National Assembly for passing the much-awaited Access to Information (ATI) Bill on Wednesday, December 14, 2016. We have confidence that President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika will assent to the bill and live up to his election campaign promise that the ATI Bill would be enacted once he is elected into office. The passing of the Bill is a huge step in...

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ATI & Human rights

African Platform highlights link between access to information and human rights

On 10 December 2016, International Human Rights Day, the African Platform on Access to Information (APAI) Working Group recommits itself to advocating for access to information in all spheres of life as part of its continued efforts to promote and uphold human rights for all people. During the last 16 days of activism, the international community advocated for the abolition of all forms of violence...

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