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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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MISA Lesotho emphasises the role of the media in the political and security situation in Lesotho

MISA Lesotho emphasises the role of the media in the political and security situation in Lesotho

09 Jul 2015

MISA Lesotho, having followed the unfolding of political developments in the mountain kingdom of Lesotho since elections, had an extraordinary meeting on July 5, 2015 to, among others reflect on the state of the media within the current political and security situation in the country. As an advocacy organisation with a primary interest to promote media freedom, it is warranting that this statement focuses on...

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MISA Lesotho launches guidelines on Child Reporting

MISA Lesotho launches guidelines on Child Reporting

09 Jul 2015

On Friday, July 3, 2015, MISA Lesotho launched Editorial Guidelines and Principles on Reporting on Children at the Lehakoe Recreational Center in Maseru. The guidelines are designed to improve the media’s reporting of children and their issues and ensure that they do not affect their wellbeing and expose them to further harm., The objective of the guidelines is to empower children to participate meaningfully in...

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MISA brings children and media together on the Day of the African Child

MISA brings children and media together on the Day of the African Child

19 Jun 2015

To engage children in terms of celebrating the Day of the African Child, MISA organized a media flash mob under its Children and the Media project on June 16, 2015. The flash mob took place at MISA offices in Windhoek, Namibia. The aim of the event was to encourage children’s understanding of the celebration and the celebration’s focus, which was to enhance African countries’ efforts...

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Children elect their 2015 – 2016 Child Ambassadors

Children elect their 2015 – 2016 Child Ambassadors

19 Jun 2015

MISA hosted the 2015 elections of child ambassadors under its Children & the Media project simultaneously in Windhoek, Namibia, and Maseru, Lesotho on June 13, 2015. Over 100 children and parents attended the elections, anxious to see who would be elected to the positions for the 2015 – 2016 period. Prior to the elections children had an opportunity, through the on-going focus group discussions, to...

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All eyes on digital migration process

12 Jun 2015

MISA Zimbabwe this week launched the first of its monthly digital migration monitoring reports, aptly entitled Digital Migration Footprints. The Digital Migration Footprints series is an analysis of major highlights of a process set to change television broadcasting in the country in the public interest. Digitisation will make broadcasting more equitable, just and people centered while connecting formerly marginalised communities, MISA Zimbabwe has noted. Zimbabwe,...

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Zimbabwe to miss digitisation deadline

12 Jun 2015

The Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ) on 11 June said Zimbabwe will miss the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) digital migration deadline set for 17 June 2015. In an interview with the public broadcaster and key player in the migration process, the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC), the Chief Executive Officer, Engineer Obert Maganyura said the country had faced challenges relating to the delivery of digital equipment...

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Rafael Marques’ blood diamonds book online

05 Jun 2015

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has decided to publish the Angolan journalist Rafael Marques de Morais’ censored book online. According to RSF, the book can be downloaded in English and in Portuguese from the organisation’s website. Marques’ book named “Blood Diamonds: Corruption and Torture in Angola” has been censored in the country since its publication in 2011. The author was faced with charges of defaming several...

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MISA Zambia launches Online Media Freedom Report, holds training for bloggers

05 Jun 2015

MISA Zambia has launched a study report on Online Media Freedom in Zambia at the Southern Sun Hotel in Lusaka. Speaking at the launch, MISA Zambia Chairperson, Hellen Mwale, in a speech read for her by Mrs. Elizabeth Mweene Chanda (Vice Chairperson) stated that online media had great potential of contributing to citizen participation in good governance through instant, on demand access to information for...

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