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MISA Malawi commends Malawi Cabinet for approving the ATI Bill

MISA Malawi commends Malawi Cabinet for approving the ATI Bill

17 Feb 2016

The Malawi Chapter of the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA-Malawi) has commended government for approving the draft Access to Information Bill. The approval paves the way for the Bill to be tabled in Parliament, which starts sitting Monday, February 22, 2016. Cabinet approved the Bill during a Cabinet meeting Friday, February 12, 2016 almost two months after sending it back to Cabinet Committee on...

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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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Malawi’s Parliamentary Committee pledges support for ATI Bill

Malawi’s Parliamentary Committee pledges support for ATI Bill

17 Feb 2016

The Media and Communications Committee of Parliament has promised to support the draft Access to Information (ATI) Bill once tabled in the House. The Deputy Chairperson of the Committee Honorable Godfrey Munkhondya made the commitment during a press conference organized by MISA Malawi and its partners in Lilongwe today. “As a Committee we are happy that the Bill has been adopted by Cabinet. Our fight...

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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 Malawi commends Cabinet for approving ATI Bill

MISA Malawi commends Cabinet for approving ATI Bill

12 Feb 2016

MISA Malawi has commended government for approving the draft Access to Information Bill. The approval paves the way for the Bill to be tabled in Parliament, which starts sitting Monday, February 22, 2016. Cabinet approved the Bill during a Cabinet meeting Friday, February 12, 2016 almost two months after sending it back to Cabinet Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs for review. Cabinet had claimed...

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ANALYSIS: Facts and implications of Zim ruling on criminal defamation

ANALYSIS: Facts and implications of Zim ruling on criminal defamation

05 Feb 2016

The landmark ruling delivered by the Zimbabwean Constitutional Court to outlaw criminal defamation is progressive and as lawyer Proceed Manatsapoints out in his analysis: “The ruling marks the dawn of a new era for Zimbabwean media practitioners and is a great leap forward toward the alignment of the domestic legal order with international benchmarks on media freedom and freedom of expression.” His observation is in...

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ZIMBABWE: Government concedes AIPPA and BSA must fall

ZIMBABWE: Government concedes AIPPA and BSA must fall

01 Feb 2016

The Zimbabwean government has conceded that the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (AIPPA) and Broadcasting Services Act (BSA) should be replaced as they are not in sync with the new constitutional dispensation. Appearing before the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Media, Information and Broadcasting Services in Harare on 18 February 2016, the Permanent Secretary for  Information, Media and Broadcasting Services, George Charamba, said...

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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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Include us in budget preps – MISA children

Include us in budget preps – MISA children

24 Jul 2015

Some children at the MISA regional ambassadors and media meeting in Pretoria have called on African governments for their inclusion in the preparation of budgets. Children who spoke in separate interviews expressed concern over the lack of their views in national budget preparations. Natasha Mwansa (14) of Zambia noted that children should be consulted during the national budget preparation. Natasha said the decisions made regarding the...

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Media discuss investment in children

Media discuss investment in children

19 Jul 2015

A lack of resources is among the reasons that governments are not meeting regional and international standards in child rights protection, cited Gugulethu Ndebele, Executive Director of Save the Children South Africa at the recent Children and Media meeting. Ndebele addressed media professionals, children and civil society representatives from southern Africa who convened in Pretoria on 2 and 3 July 2015, for MISA’s annual Children...

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