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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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AFEX condemns imprisonment of 17 Angolan human rights activists

AFEX condemns imprisonment of 17 Angolan human rights activists

14 Apr 2016

The African Freedom of Expression Exchange (AFEX) is alarmed at the farcical conviction of 17 Angolan activists on charges of attempted “acts of rebellion” and “criminal conspiracy” against the state. The 17 activists, all members of the “Luanda Book Club” were first arrested in June 2015 by the Angolan police at a book club gathering. The meeting was convened to read and critique the unpublished...

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Zambia threatens media with statutory regulation

Zambia threatens media with statutory regulation

13 Apr 2016

Zambia’s Chief Government Spokesperson, Chishimba Kambwili has threatened state regulation of the media citing what he termed as ‘failure by the print media to regulate itself’ leaving government with no option but to step in. Speaking at a press briefing on April 6, 2016, Kambwili who is also the minister of information stated that some media houses were allegedly receiving payments from politicians to provide...

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MISA applauds investigative journalists, whistleblowers on ‘Panama Papers’ exposé

MISA applauds investigative journalists, whistleblowers on ‘Panama Papers’ exposé

04 Apr 2016

The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) applauds the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) who coordinated the efforts of hundreds of journalists and news agencies from around in an investigation that has culminated in the release of the ‘Panama Papers – Politicians, Criminals and the Rogue Industry that Hides Their Cash’. The investigation lifts the lid on how offshore companies are used by the...

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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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MISA Zambia condemn police for interfering with operations of radio stations

MISA Zambia condemn police for interfering with operations of radio stations

23 Feb 2016

MISA Zambia has condemned the police command in Eastern Province for interfering with the operations of radio stations in the province by directing them to seek police clearance whenever they intend to host high profile guests on radio. MISA has obtained a letter in which the order was made by Eastern Province Police Commissioner, Alex Chilufya, to various radio stations in Chipata. We wish to...

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ATI advocates celebrate Cabinet approval of Malawi’s draft ATI Bill

ATI advocates celebrate Cabinet approval of Malawi’s draft ATI Bill

19 Feb 2016

A coalition of access to information advocates have lauded Cabinet for approving Malawi’s draft Access to Information Bill. The coalition comprising MISA Malawi, the Journalists Union of Malawi (JUMA), Citizens for Justice (CFJ) and the Open Democracy Advice Centre (ODAC) made the following statement at a press conference on February 19, 2016. Ends/ …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… MISA is a regional non-governmental organisation with members in 11 of...

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MISA Malawi, MCM appeal to Government to review its position on ATI and MPs to reject current version of Bill

MISA Malawi, MCM appeal to Government to review its position on ATI and MPs to reject current version of Bill

18 Feb 2016

MISA Malawi and the Media Council of Malawi (MCM) would like to appeal to government to review its position on the just-gazetted Access to Information (ATI) Bill which, in its current form, undermines rather than promotes the right to information as provided for in Section 37 of the Malawi Constitution. MISA-Malawi and the MCM observe that the ATI Bill gazetted by the government on February...

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FACE OFF: Preaching pragmatics versus clamping down

FACE OFF: Preaching pragmatics versus clamping down

18 Feb 2016

The new face of Tanzania, President John Pombe Magufuli, is taking the continent by storm. He’s won the hearts of many for his efforts to clamp down on excessive government spending. However, a closer look reveals a sinister campaign against the media and freedom of expression. President Magufuli’s entry onto the political scene was as a fairly unknown player yet in a short time the...

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