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Note to new cybersecurity minister … ‘it’s about trust and respect for rights’

Note to new cybersecurity minister … ‘it’s about trust and respect for rights’

MISA Zimbabwe notes with concern the creation of a new ministry of Cybersecurity, Threat Detection and Mitigation in the ministerial reassignments and appointments made by President Robert Mugabe on 9 October 2017. Former Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Patrick Chinamasa will head the Ministry. Concerns over the establishment of this ministry are informed by a series of veiled threats on the use of social...

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MISA Malawi’s media awards growing; new partnership promotes reporting on health research

MISA Malawi’s media awards growing; new partnership promotes reporting on health research

MISA Malawi Chapter has introduced a new award category in partnership with Malawi Liverpool Wellcome Trust to promote health research reporting in the country. The award category, called ‘Health Research Reporting Journalist of the Year Award,’ will be given out during the 2018 MISA Malawi Annual Media Awards. This is the first time MISA Malawi has introduced an award on health research and believes that...

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MISA Zimbabwe reminds us that ‘citizens have the right to know’

MISA Zimbabwe reminds us that ‘citizens have the right to know’

MISA Zimbabwe joins the world in commemorating the International Day for Universal Access to Information (IDUAI) and urges the Zimbabwean government to fulfil its constitutional and regional obligations to foster the enjoyment of citizens’ right to access to information. This year’s theme is ‘Right to Information: Open and accountable government and the media’s role’, where: Open government builds community trust Government transparency strengthens community participation and our democracy...

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Misa Malawi says media ‘still not free’ at 53 years of independence; Cedep condemns Macra for muzzling ‘Hot Current’

Misa Malawi says media ‘still not free’ at 53 years of independence; Cedep condemns Macra for muzzling ‘Hot Current’

There is a feeling that significant changes to guarantee freedom of the press have not yet been put in place, Misa Malawi Chapter chairperson Tereza Ndanga has said. Ndanga said as Malawi is celebrating this year’s 53rd Independence Day, it should be noted that the media is still facing challenges that impinge in freedom of the press and after freedom after expression. She said the...

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AFEX calls for immediate end to impunity for crimes against journalists in Africa

AFEX calls for immediate end to impunity for crimes against journalists in Africa

The African Freedom of Expression Exchange (AFEX), a network of African freedom of expression groups, has expressed serious concerns about the increased incidents of attacks against journalists, media practitioners and free expression advocates on the continent, and urged governments in the region to step up efforts to safeguard free speech online and offline. Members of AFEX lamented the deteriorating freedom of expression situation in Africa...

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Charamba is wrong on AIPPA, says MISA Zimbabwe

Charamba is wrong on AIPPA, says MISA Zimbabwe

Remarks attributed to Zimbabwe’s Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information George Charamba on the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (AIPPA) are very misleading and cannot go unchallenged.Charamba is quoted in the state-run daily, The Herald of 26 June 2017, reportedly dismissing the basis of civil society’s calls for the long overdue repeal of the restrictive law. He is quoted saying a...

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MISA celebrates World Press Freedom Day 2017

On the occasion of World Press Freedom Day 2017, the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA), pays tribute to both the Government of Swaziland and the African Union Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information, Pansy Tlakula for their interaction last year on issues of media freedom, access to information and freedom of expression. The subsequent and noticeable thawing of relations was...

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MISA Tanzania Governing Council elects Salome Kitomari as Interim Board Chairperson

MISA Tanzania Governing Council elects Salome Kitomari as Interim Board Chairperson

The National Governing Council (NGC) of the MISA Tanzania (MISA TAN) Chapter has appointed Ms. Salome Kitomari as its Interim Chairperson. The decision was reached at a Board meeting held at the MISA TAN office on  March 18, 2017, following the vacancy left by Simon Berege, who retired after Presidential appointment to serve as the District Executive Director (DED) in 2016. Ms. Kitomari is the...

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MISA Zimbabwe responds to ICT Minister’s concerns about media reportage

MISA Zimbabwe responds to ICT Minister’s concerns about media reportage

On 24 March 2017 the Minister of Media, Information and Broadcasting Services Dr Christopher Mushohwe met with editors to ‘discuss’ the media’s reportage of political events unraveling in the country. While the minister, as is the case with every other citizen, is entitled to his opinions pertaining to the coverage of events, he should not seek to dictate to the media on what it should...

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MISA Zimbabwe Annual Report highlights pitfalls in freedom of expression and access to information in Zimbabwe

MISA Zimbabwe Annual Report highlights pitfalls in freedom of expression and access to information in Zimbabwe

The MISA Zimbabwe 2016 Annual report is a catalogue of MISA-Zimbabwe’s footprints on the organisation’s strategic interventions towards realisation of its vision of a Zimbabwe in which every person enjoys their rights to freedom of expression, access to information and privacy of communication as well as access to all forms of media that are independent from undue political, economic and commercial interests, coming to fruition....

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