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MISA Zambia launches 2017 Media Awards

MISA Zambia launches 2017 Media Awards

31 Mar 2017

The MISA Zambia Media Awards are an annual event which honour journalists, individuals and institutions that have made a significant contribution towards the advancement of media freedom and access to information in Zambia. The awards were established in 2002 to honour people and organisations that have made a mark in ensuring that the country’s democracy grows through entrenchment of values of freedom of expression and...

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MISA Zambia condemns UPND attack on journalists; calls for unity among journalists

MISA Zambia condemns UPND attack on journalists; calls for unity among journalists

30 Mar 2017

PRESS STATEMENT: MISA Zambia has received disturbing reports of a violent attack on journalists by unruly UPND (United Party for National Development) cadres at the party’s press briefing at its secretariat. As an institution that stands for freedom of expression and media freedom, we strongly condemn the attack on the journalists, among them one Silumesi Malumo of Radio Phoenix and Priscilla Banda of Millennium radio. It is unfortunate...

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MISA Zimbabwe partners with local community to undertake social audit

MISA Zimbabwe partners with local community to undertake social audit

24 Feb 2017

A social audit undertaken by the United Mutare Residents and Ratepayers Trust (UMRRT) launched recently in the eastern border town of Mutare blames ‘serious malpractices and corruption’ as the reason for deteriorating service delivery in the city. UMRRT partnered with MISA-Zimbabwe in the project which involved interviews with residents and information requests to determine the level of information sharing, openness, transparency, responsiveness and accountability, on...

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MISA Zambia welcomes Justice Minister’s pronouncement on ATI; calls for a roadmap for the process

MISA Zambia welcomes Justice Minister’s pronouncement on ATI; calls for a roadmap for the process

10 Feb 2017

MISA Zambia welcomes the pronouncement by Justice Minister Given Lubinda at the 2017 Universal Periodic Review that the Access to Information bill is ready and that government is working on systems that will readily avail the information to the public. The enactment of the ATI bill is long overdue as it has stalled since 2002 when it was presented to parliament, with successive governments-including the...

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MISA Malawi applauds Parliament for passing Access to Information Bill

MISA Malawi applauds Parliament for passing Access to Information Bill

16 Dec 2016

MISA Malawi applauds the National Assembly for passing the much-awaited Access to Information (ATI) Bill on Wednesday, December 14, 2016. We have confidence that President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika will assent to the bill and live up to his election campaign promise that the ATI Bill would be enacted once he is elected into office. The passing of the Bill is a huge step in...

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ATI & Human rights

African Platform highlights link between access to information and human rights

10 Dec 2016

On 10 December 2016, International Human Rights Day, the African Platform on Access to Information (APAI) Working Group recommits itself to advocating for access to information in all spheres of life as part of its continued efforts to promote and uphold human rights for all people. During the last 16 days of activism, the international community advocated for the abolition of all forms of violence...

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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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‘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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MOZAMBIQUE: JOURNALISTS AND JUDICIARY UNITED AGAINST PRESS FREEDOM AND FREE EXPRESSION ABUSES

MOZAMBIQUE: JOURNALISTS AND JUDICIARY UNITED AGAINST PRESS FREEDOM AND FREE EXPRESSION ABUSES

04 Nov 2016

* See below for Portuguese translation MAPUTO, November 2, 2016: Journalists and members of the judiciary are defending the need to promote press freedom and free expression as pillars of democracy. The remarks were made during a conference commemorating the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists, held on 2 November. The Chairperson of the Bar Association of Mozambique, Flávio Lopes Menete noted...

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Zambian media survives turbulent third quarter – MISA Zambia Third Quarter Report

Zambian media survives turbulent third quarter – MISA Zambia Third Quarter Report

04 Nov 2016

In its report on the state of the media in Zambia, MISA Zambia has noted with concern that the third quarter of 2016 (July to September 2016) has been a particularly turbulent period for the media in Zambia in terms of state interference and outright violations against the media’s independence and freedom to conduct itself in a safe and conducive environment. “This is due to...

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