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Digital rights on the agenda; promotion of digital rights should increase access to the Internet for Zimbabweans

Digital rights on the agenda; promotion of digital rights should increase access to the Internet for Zimbabweans

18 May 2017

MISA Zimbabwe commemorated the 2017 World Press Freedom Day (WPFD) on 2 May 2017 at the Holiday Inn, in Harare. The breakfast meeting, which was attended by 80 stakeholders, reinforced the need to ensure that digital rights are promoted and sufficiently protected in line with the constitution. This follows government’s plans to enact cyber laws supposedly to curb cyber crimes. Representing the ministry of Information...

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AFEX petitions AU Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression on Cameroon crisis

AFEX petitions AU Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression on Cameroon crisis

21 Apr 2017

The African Freedom of Expression Exchange (AFEX), on April 13, 2017 petitioned the African Union (AU) Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information, Ms. Faith Pansy Tlakula, to intervene in the deteriorating freedom of expression and human rights situation in the two Anglophone regions of Cameroon. Since January 17, 2017, the people of North-west and South-west regions of Cameroon have been denied internet...

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‘NO to closure of Facebook, Twitter or any other social media platform’ – MISA Lesotho

‘NO to closure of Facebook, Twitter or any other social media platform’ – MISA Lesotho

15 Nov 2016

MISA Lesotho has learned with great concern of the Lesotho Communications Authority (LCA) request to network operators; Vodacom Lesotho and Econet Telecom Lesotho to ‘provide a position on the possible temporary closure of Facebook and Twitter’. MISA Lesotho has also learned that LCA has acknowledged presenting such a request to the two (2) companies. While we have learned that there is no decision made regarding...

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MISA ZIMBABWE WEIGHS IN ON CYBER TERRORISM DEBATE

MISA ZIMBABWE WEIGHS IN ON CYBER TERRORISM DEBATE

12 Aug 2016

The state media notably The Herald, The Sunday Mail and the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation having been reporting on warnings issued by government and senior security officials against cyber terrorism and terrorists. The state media has even gone to the extent of naming and exposing some of  the alleged ‘cyber terrorists’. This comes on the background of incessant protests in the country and increased utilisation and  access to social...

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MISA Zimbabwe denounces Government’s threats to regulate social media

MISA Zimbabwe denounces Government’s threats to regulate social media

12 Jul 2016

MISA-Zimbabwe notes with great concern escalating threats by government to “regulate” social media in a statement issued by the Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) and echoed by senior government officials. The vagueness of the warnings and threats on what constitutes ‘abuse’ of social media, pose serious ramifications on citizens’ enjoyment of constitutionally guaranteed rights. Equally hazy, and yet to be clarified is...

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MISA Zimbabwe decries disabling of  WhatsApp platform in Zimbabwe

MISA Zimbabwe decries disabling of WhatsApp platform in Zimbabwe

06 Jul 2016

As MISA-Zimbabwe monitors the enjoyment of media freedom and freedom of expression during the ongoing protest dubbed ShutDown Zimbabwe, it is gravely concerned with the apparent disabling of the WhatsApp platform since the morning of 6 July 2016. The platform had become the main communication tool Zimbabweans were using to mobilise and share information on the protest. MISA-Zimbabwe condemns this brazen violation of citizens’ right to freely express themselves...

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MISA Namibia calls on citizens to refrain from sharing  inappropriate, unlawful images on social media

MISA Namibia calls on citizens to refrain from sharing inappropriate, unlawful images on social media

20 Jun 2016

MISA Namibia has appealed to Namibian citizens to refrain from sharing images that depict children and others in unhealthy, painful, unlawful and inappropriate situations. The media advocacy group pointed to two images which it says were being shared on WhatsApp, and maybe other social media platforms, that depict the two girls reported on in today’s media, in very sickening situations. “Even though we do not now know who they are, they...

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Free expression, media should trump political interests during Ugandan elections – MISA

Free expression, media should trump political interests during Ugandan elections – MISA

17 Feb 2016

The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) reiterates the crucial role played by the media during elections in keeping the public informed, providing voters with relevant information and ensuring transparent and fair elections. In outlining this role, MISA joins regional and international organisations in strongly condemning the brutal and crippling actions being taken by the Ugandan authorities against the media in the run-up to this...

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All eyes on digital migration process

12 Jun 2015

MISA Zimbabwe this week launched the first of its monthly digital migration monitoring reports, aptly entitled Digital Migration Footprints. The Digital Migration Footprints series is an analysis of major highlights of a process set to change television broadcasting in the country in the public interest. Digitisation will make broadcasting more equitable, just and people centered while connecting formerly marginalised communities, MISA Zimbabwe has noted. Zimbabwe,...

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Zimbabwe to miss digitisation deadline

12 Jun 2015

The Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ) on 11 June said Zimbabwe will miss the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) digital migration deadline set for 17 June 2015. In an interview with the public broadcaster and key player in the migration process, the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC), the Chief Executive Officer, Engineer Obert Maganyura said the country had faced challenges relating to the delivery of digital equipment...

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