Free expression & the law


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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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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Charamba is wrong on AIPPA, says MISA Zimbabwe

Charamba is wrong on AIPPA, says MISA Zimbabwe

Remarks attributed to Zimbabwe’s Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information George Charamba on the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (AIPPA) are very misleading and cannot go unchallenged.Charamba is quoted in the state-run daily, The Herald of 26 June 2017, reportedly dismissing the basis of civil society’s calls for the long overdue repeal of the restrictive law. He is quoted saying a...

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Media reforms in Zimbabwe long overdue, urges MISA Zimbabwe

Media reforms in Zimbabwe long overdue, urges MISA Zimbabwe

As Zimbabwe gets into the 2018 elections campaign mode the government should speedily implement long overdue media reforms to entrench constitutional democracy. This is critical as elections define democracy while the media enlightens and sustains it. The media should thus be allowed to conduct its lawful professional duties in an atmosphere free of threats, intimidation and harassment. The safety and security of journalists should therefore...

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Study reveals ethical violations in Mozambique print media

Study reveals ethical violations in Mozambique print media

A study produced by the MISA Moçambique in collaboration with the Center for Interdisciplinary Communications Studies (CEC) and the National Union of Journalists (SNJ) reveals that in 2016 there were several violations of ethics in the Mozambican print media, as well as several incidents of plagiarism. The report was launched on Wednesday, April 19, 2017. The study (available here)  comprised an analysis of the content of nine national newspapers,...

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MISA Zimbabwe responds to ICT Minister’s concerns about media reportage

MISA Zimbabwe responds to ICT Minister’s concerns about media reportage

On 24 March 2017 the Minister of Media, Information and Broadcasting Services Dr Christopher Mushohwe met with editors to ‘discuss’ the media’s reportage of political events unraveling in the country. While the minister, as is the case with every other citizen, is entitled to his opinions pertaining to the coverage of events, he should not seek to dictate to the media on what it should...

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MISA Zimbabwe takes media research findings to rural communities

MISA Zimbabwe takes media research findings to rural communities

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

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

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

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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