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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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African Platform celebrates first INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR UNIVERSAL ACCESS TO INFORMATION

African Platform celebrates first INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR UNIVERSAL ACCESS TO INFORMATION

28 Sep 2016

Statement by African Platform on Access to Information Working Group Congratulations on the first official INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR UNIVERSAL ACCESS TO INFORMATION The African Platform on Access to Information (APAI) Working Group would like to officially thank all government partners, civil society members, and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) for making this momentous occasion possible.This day was celebrated for over a...

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MISA launches 2016 Transparency Report

MISA launches 2016 Transparency Report

28 Sep 2016

A Citizen’s View on Government Openness: MISA launches its 2016 Transparency Assessment On 28 September, in commemoration of the first International Day of Universal Access to Information (IDUAI) since UNESCO’s official declaration of the day, the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) will launch its annual Transparency Assessment. The publication seeks to establish the ease or difficulty with which citizens in southern Africa can access public...

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MISA ZIMBABWE WEIGHS IN ON CYBER TERRORISM DEBATE

MISA ZIMBABWE WEIGHS IN ON CYBER TERRORISM DEBATE

12 Aug 2016

The state media notably The Herald, The Sunday Mail and the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation having been reporting on warnings issued by government and senior security officials against cyber terrorism and terrorists. The state media has even gone to the extent of naming and exposing some of  the alleged ‘cyber terrorists’. This comes on the background of incessant protests in the country and increased utilisation and  access to social...

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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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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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MISA Zimbabwe denounces Government’s threats to regulate social media

MISA Zimbabwe denounces Government’s threats to regulate social media

12 Jul 2016

MISA-Zimbabwe notes with great concern escalating threats by government to “regulate” social media in a statement issued by the Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) and echoed by senior government officials. The vagueness of the warnings and threats on what constitutes ‘abuse’ of social media, pose serious ramifications on citizens’ enjoyment of constitutionally guaranteed rights. Equally hazy, and yet to be clarified is...

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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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MISA Zimbabwe decries disabling of  WhatsApp platform in Zimbabwe

MISA Zimbabwe decries disabling of WhatsApp platform in Zimbabwe

06 Jul 2016

As MISA-Zimbabwe monitors the enjoyment of media freedom and freedom of expression during the ongoing protest dubbed ShutDown Zimbabwe, it is gravely concerned with the apparent disabling of the WhatsApp platform since the morning of 6 July 2016. The platform had become the main communication tool Zimbabweans were using to mobilise and share information on the protest. MISA-Zimbabwe condemns this brazen violation of citizens’ right to freely express themselves...

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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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