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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

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

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

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

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

“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

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

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

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

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

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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