Media & elections


MISA Zambia launches Early Warning Mechanism ahead of 2016 polls

MISA Zambia launches Early Warning Mechanism ahead of 2016 polls

14 Jul 2016

MISA Zambia has, in the wake of a dramatic increase in acts of violence against journalists and media houses, put in place an Early Warning Notification System (EWNS) as a systematic way of collecting information in good time to avert the increasing violations against media houses and journalists especially in the build up to the 2016 elections and thereafter. The system template aims to gather...

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Human rights violations worsen ahead of Ugandan General Elections

Human rights violations worsen ahead of Ugandan General Elections

17 Feb 2016

The African Freedom of Expression Exchange (AFEX) is alarmed at the deteriorating human rights situation in Uganda ahead of the country’s 2016 polls. AFEX has noted with dismay the increased hostility of state officials and security agents in Uganda towards the media and opposition elements in the run-up to the February 18, 2016 general elections. From October 2015 to date, more than 15 journalists have...

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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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MISA seeks support for more transparency in elections

MISA seeks support for more transparency in elections

22 Aug 2015

“Access to information and transparency … that’s the link between media freedom, democracy and elections”, MISA Regional Director Zoe Titus proposed to a meeting of civil society representatives from southern Africa. Titus was addressing delegates to the 11th Southern Africa Civil Society Forum (CSF) convened by the Regional Apex Alliance, i.e. Fellowship of Christian Councils in Southern Africa (FOCCISA), Southern Africa Trade Unions Coordinating Council...

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MISA Zambia reflect on Presidential Election

29 Jan 2015

Zambia successfully conducted its Presidential Election last week following the death of President Michael Sata in October 2014. The Zambian Constitution stipulates that following the death of the President, elections to elect a replacement must be held within 90 days. Apart from the record-low voter turn out (only 32.33%), this election was significant not only in the country’s political development but also in the evaluation...

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Media freedom essential during upcoming 2015 African elections

22 Jan 2015

As Zambia, Lesotho and Tanzania go to the polls in 2015, the media have a key role to play in ensuring fair and transparent elections with informed voters. It is well established that freedom of expression and political debate is fundamental to free, fair and genuinely democratic elections. In order to play their role, the media need both access to information and the freedom to...

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Opinion: Zambian elections fail to focus on children’s issues

22 Jan 2015

By Mwiza Zulu Due to the death of the 5th Zambian President, Mr Michael Sata, in October last year, Zambians on 20 January 2014 went to the polls to elect a new President. The period between November 2014 and January 2015 was the campaign period during which aspiring presidential candidates told citizens of the country what they have to offer. It is however sad to...

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