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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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MISA Zambia launches Online Media Freedom Report, holds training for bloggers

05 Jun 2015

MISA Zambia has launched a study report on Online Media Freedom in Zambia at the Southern Sun Hotel in Lusaka. Speaking at the launch, MISA Zambia Chairperson, Hellen Mwale, in a speech read for her by Mrs. Elizabeth Mweene Chanda (Vice Chairperson) stated that online media had great potential of contributing to citizen participation in good governance through instant, on demand access to information for...

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MISA Zambia condemns harassment of journalists by Opposition Political Party cadres during search

15 Mar 2015

It is with regret that MISA Zambia has learnt of the case in which cameraman Paul Kaluba and journalist Chris Habeenzu from ZNBC who were harassed by UPND cadres on Monday 2 March 2015, as they tried to cover the search that was taking place at the residence of UPND President Hakainde Hichilema. This is not the first time UPND cadres have harassed journalists in...

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MISA Zimbabwe statement on the licensing of eight local commercial radio stations

05 Mar 2015

MISA Zimbabwe welcomes the licensing of eight urban-based commercial radio stations by the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ) as a development that marks the decentralisation of broadcasting in the country. Following the conducting of public hearings from August 2014 to September 2014, BAZ on 3 March 2015 announced the issuance of licences to five successful companies. These include AB Communications, which will broadcast as Gogogoi...

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Mozambique: Prominent professor gunned down in street

05 Mar 2015

Lawyer and Constitutional Law Professor Gilles Cistac was assassinated by unknown assailants on the morning of 3 March 2015 in Maputo, Mozambique. Cistac, a professor at Eduardo Mondlane University, was having coffee at a café in the affluent suburb of Polana on the morning he was killed. As he stepped out of the café onto the sidewalk, eyewitnesses said four assailants in a car fired...

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Zimbabwe: College head threatens journalist with death

05 Mar 2015

Winstone Antonio, a reporter with Zimbabwean newspaper NewsDay, was on 4 March 2015 threatened with death by Rockland College’s Principal Director, McDonald Makondesa. He was threatened after he asked for a comment on allegations that the Zimbabwe School Examinations Council (ZIMSEC) was withholding the college’s Ordinary Level geography results. Antonio wanted clarity on why ZIMSEC had not released the results amid suspicion that the paper had been leaked...

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Youth & Radio in Namibia: Part 1

Youth & Radio in Namibia: Part 1

12 Feb 2015

On the eve of World Radio Day, the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) hosted a roundtable discussion with five students in their final year of Radio Production at the College of the Arts in Katutura, Namibia. These students were Franklin Muningirua, 24, Ronell Sechogele, 21, Celma Ndhikwa, 22, Marcello Lucian Franz, 20, and Janet Kaiuina, 21. The theme of this year’s World Radio Day...

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Botswana: Newspaper website hacked again, and deleted

26 Jan 2015

A website belonging to the only private daily newspaper in Botswana, Mmegi, was hacked on 22 January 2015 and deleted by unknown culprits. The newspaper realised their website had been deleted around 10am in the morning. Tlhalefang Charles, a reporter and new-media coordinator at Mmegi, told MISA Botswana that they suspect hackers want to intimidate and delay their business. “Even though it is not clear...

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