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MISA Namibia calls on citizens to refrain from sharing  inappropriate, unlawful images on social media

MISA Namibia calls on citizens to refrain from sharing inappropriate, unlawful images on social media

20 Jun 2016

MISA Namibia has appealed to Namibian citizens to refrain from sharing images that depict children and others in unhealthy, painful, unlawful and inappropriate situations. The media advocacy group pointed to two images which it says were being shared on WhatsApp, and maybe other social media platforms, that depict the two girls reported on in today’s media, in very sickening situations. “Even though we do not now know who they are, they...

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Namibian FOI campaigners gear up for consultations on national access to information law

Namibian FOI campaigners gear up for consultations on national access to information law

08 Jun 2016

The Access to Information in Namibia (ACTION) Coalition today commended Namibia’s Ministry of Information and Communication Technology (MICT) for earnestly initiating the process of drafting both an access to information (ATI) law and updating the information policy for Namibia. This comes against the backdrop of MICT authorities having released for consultation and discussion both a draft ATI working document and a draft of the revised National Information...

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AFEX Condemns Barbaric Murder of Female Journalist in Somalia

AFEX Condemns Barbaric Murder of Female Journalist in Somalia

07 Jun 2016

The African Freedom of Expression joins the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) to strongly condemn the barbaric killing of Sagal Salad Osman, a female journalist working with state-controlled Somali National Television station (SNTV). According to NUSOJ, a member of AFEX, Sagal Salad Osman (24) who worked for the government-controlled TV station was on June 5, 2016, shot dead at Banadir Junction in Hodan district....

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Access to Information campaigners appeal against downgrading of World Bank’s FOI Programme

Access to Information campaigners appeal against downgrading of World Bank’s FOI Programme

07 Jun 2016

The African Platform on Access to Information (APAI) Working Group and other civil society organisations working on freedom of information around the globe have written to World Bank President Jim Yong Kim to express their concern about reports that the World Bank has significantly downgraded its capacity to pursue a global right to information agenda. The APAI Working Group and its campaign partners have expressed fears that without access...

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ACHPR Chair urges Zim media to maintain pressure on implementation of IMPI recommendations

ACHPR Chair urges Zim media to maintain pressure on implementation of IMPI recommendations

19 May 2016

The African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights’ (ACHPR)  chairperson Commissioner Pansy Tlakula on 19 May 2016 urged media organisations to push  for implementation of the government-sanctioned Information and Media Panel of Inquiry’s recommendations on media reforms. At a lunch meeting hosted by MISA-Zimbabwe in Harare at the end of her four-day advocacy visit in her capacity as the ACHPR’s Special Rapporteur on Freedom of...

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ZIMBABWEAN MEDIA GROUPS BRIEF ACHPR CHAIRPERSON ON MEDIA REFORMS

ZIMBABWEAN MEDIA GROUPS BRIEF ACHPR CHAIRPERSON ON MEDIA REFORMS

18 May 2016

MISA- Zimbabwe on 16 May 2016 hosted a dinner for the Chairperson of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) Commissioner Pansy Tlakula in Harare during which she was briefed on developments pertaining to media reforms in Zimbabwe. During the meeting attended by media groups and human rights defenders, Commissioner Tlakula who is on a four- day advocacy visit in her capacity as...

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#WHK25 –  HISTORY MADE IN NAMIBIA: THE WINDHOEK DECLARATION OF 1991

#WHK25 – HISTORY MADE IN NAMIBIA: THE WINDHOEK DECLARATION OF 1991

06 May 2016

The principles of the Windhoek Declaration on an independent and pluralistic press are still relevant 25 years after they were adopted. As authorities in Africa continue to undermine media freedom, it’s important to outline steps to strengthen a free press for the coming years. Nobody arriving at the Safari Hotel in the Namibian capital, Windhoek, on 29 April 1991 – journalists all over Africa, UN...

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#WHK25:  A DECLARATION THAT STILL PACKS A PUNCH FOR A FREE PRESS

#WHK25: A DECLARATION THAT STILL PACKS A PUNCH FOR A FREE PRESS

06 May 2016

All too often, declarations remain simply pieces of paper filed away and forgotten. But the Windhoek Declaration is different, and its impact is still being felt today. In 1991, the winds of change were blowing for a second time after the liberation from colonial rule as many countries in Africa embarked on a path toward more democracy. Until then, efforts at independent, professional journalism had...

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#WHK25: From resolutions to reality – Tlakula

#WHK25: From resolutions to reality – Tlakula

05 May 2016

Rights such as freedom of expression and access to information are often associated with journalists, but they belong to everyone. It takes strong commitment to ensure they become reality, not just words on paper. 2016 is a significant year for Africa. It marks the 30th anniversary of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights and the 25th anniversary of the Windhoek Declaration on press...

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Zim govt pledges protection of journalists

Zim govt pledges protection of journalists

05 May 2016

The Minister of Information, Media and Broadcasting Services Christopher Mushohwe on 3 May 2016 pledged the protection and security of journalists during the course of their work as well as alignment of Zimbabwe’s media laws with the Constitution. In a statement to mark the occasion of World Press Freedom Day, Mushowe said:  “Rest assured we are together in defending and promoting the interests and welfare...

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