Free expression & the law


MISA Zimbabwe takes media research findings to rural communities

MISA Zimbabwe takes media research findings to rural communities

18 Nov 2016

MISA -Zimbabwe on November 18, 2016, simultaneously launched its African Media Barometer (Zimbabwe 2015) and 2016 Transparency Assessment research reports at Dema shopping centre in Seke during a ceremony attended by 82 people. Seke is a parliamentary constituency within the Seke District of the Mashonaland East Province of Zimbabwe. Findings for the African Media Barometer were delivered by Patience Zirima and Chris Musodza who were among...

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MISA Zimbabwe launches media freedom monitoring report

MISA Zimbabwe launches media freedom monitoring report

04 Oct 2016

MISA Zimbabwe has released its media freedom monitoring report for the period May to September 2016 (five months). In this report MISA Zimbabwe expresses concern about Police actions which it deems as having had a negative impact on citizens’ right to freedom of expression, association and peaceful demonstrations as well as media rights as provided for in the constitution.   This is in reference to police-imposed bans...

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Analysis of ConCourt Ruling on ZBC licences

Analysis of ConCourt Ruling on ZBC licences

05 Aug 2016

On 20 July 2016 the Zimbabwean Constitutional Court (ConCourt) clarified that it was mandatory for Zimbabweans in possession of a gadget capable of receiving broadcast services to pay Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) license fees. The ruling was made in a matter dating back to 2012 involving two applicants, Bernard Wekare and Musangano Lodge. Both applicants were facing criminal chargesunder the Broadcasting Services Act  (12:06) after...

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Lesotho Times editor faces defamation charges

Lesotho Times editor faces defamation charges

12 Jul 2016

The owner of the Lesotho Times Newspaper, Basildon Peta has been charged with defamation and crimen injura over a satirical column published in the newspaper on June 23, 2016. The column, called Scrutator narrated a story about the commander of the Lesotho Defense Force Lt. Gen Tlali Kamoli. The column headlined ‘Flicker of hope for my beloved Kingdom….’ was written in the wake of an...

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AFEX Demands Immediate Release of Detained Sudanese Students

AFEX Demands Immediate Release of Detained Sudanese Students

23 Jun 2016

The African Freedom of Expression Exchange (AFEX) demands Sudan’s National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) to immediately release the eight students who have been detained incommunicado without charges. On May 3, 2016, 17 students were expelled from the University of Khartoum following a protest held on April 27, 2016 on the university campus. Two students were reportedly shot dead by agents of the NISS during...

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ACHPR Chair urges Zim media to maintain pressure on implementation of IMPI recommendations

ACHPR Chair urges Zim media to maintain pressure on implementation of IMPI recommendations

19 May 2016

The African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights’ (ACHPR)  chairperson Commissioner Pansy Tlakula on 19 May 2016 urged media organisations to push  for implementation of the government-sanctioned Information and Media Panel of Inquiry’s recommendations on media reforms. At a lunch meeting hosted by MISA-Zimbabwe in Harare at the end of her four-day advocacy visit in her capacity as the ACHPR’s Special Rapporteur on Freedom of...

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‘Media law and policy reforms NOW’ – demand Zim stakeholders

‘Media law and policy reforms NOW’ – demand Zim stakeholders

28 Apr 2016

A consultation with a broad cross-sector of Zimbabweans recently concluded with a call for urgent implementation of media law and policy reforms. Detailed resolutions of the meeting are available here. On April 20, 2016, MISA-Zimbabwe convened stakeholders to discuss and gain consensus on how to prioritise the extensive media law and policy reform facing the country. Fifty eight participants who included academics, journalists, civil society, content creators,media training institutions...

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Basotho march for media freedom

Basotho march for media freedom

02 Apr 2016

“#HANDSOFFMEDIA” a historical march to the rescue of media freedom in Lesotho was staged by Concerned Citizens of Lesotho, a group led by one Pali Masenkane. Presenting the petition to the Minister of Communications, Science and Technology Khotso Letsatsi together with the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office, Kimetso Mathaba, the petitioners gave a 14 days ultimatum to the Government of Lesotho to respond to...

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AU hails scrapping of criminal defamation in Zimbabwe

AU hails scrapping of criminal defamation in Zimbabwe

06 Mar 2016

The Chairperson of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights Advocate Pansy Tlakula has commended the Zimbabwean government for scrapping criminal defamation from its statutes following a successful constitutional court application by MISA-Zimbabwe. According to The Herald’s edition of 16 March 2016, Advocate Tlakula wrote to the Minister of Information, Media and Broadcasting Services Christopher Mushowe, commending the government for doing away with the...

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ACTION coalition – Namibia’s Anti-Terrorism Law: Rushed and ill-considered

ACTION coalition – Namibia’s Anti-Terrorism Law: Rushed and ill-considered

25 Jun 2014

Many countries around the world introduced new anti-terrorism legislation after the September 11 2001 terrorist attacks in the US and subsequent incidents around the world. It has become clear that no country is immune from the threat of terrorism and that the State, in fulfilling its duty to protect citizens, has a responsibility to introduce effective anti-terrorism laws. Namibia’s Prevention and Combating of Terrorist and...

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