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MISA Malawi statement on arrest of journalist Archibald Kasakura

21 Oct 2014

The Malawi Chapter of the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) is shocked and deeply saddened with the detention of journalist Archibald Kasakura, who was arrested by Limbe Police in Blantyre, southern Malawi, for allegedly ‘obstructing a police officer on duty’. Efforts to speak to the Police proved futile as MISA Mawli were continually referred from one officer to another, but Kasakura confirmed the incident,...

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Zimbabwe: New advocacy committee members elected in Mutare

21 Oct 2014

Journalist Kenneth Matimaire was on 15 October 2014 elected Mutare Advocacy Committee Chairperson for the next three years during elections presided over by members of MISA-Zimbabwe’s National Governing Council. Farai Matebvu was elected Secretary- General. Evidence Chenjerai, George Muzimba and Mandy Kanyemba were elected uncontested as committee members. In his acceptance speech, Matimaire said his immediate task is to expand the membership base and enhance...

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Zambia: MISA condemns Youth Minister’s threat to fire UNZA Radio staff

10 Oct 2014

The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) Zambia condemns in the strongest terms the harassment of UNZA student journalists by Youth and Sport Minister Chishimba Kambwili. MISA Zambia is calling on HON Kambwili to tame his undemocratic outbursts and conduct because it is a threat to democracy. We are concerned that he stormed UNZA Radio and threatened student journalists at the institution. This behavior is...

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MISA announces southern Africa’s most open and most secretive government and public institutions in 2014

MISA announces southern Africa’s most open and most secretive government and public institutions in 2014

03 Oct 2014

From Sunday 28 September, Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) Chapter offices have been marking International Right to Information Day across the region by announcing the recipients of this year’s Golden Key and Golden Padlock Awards. This is the sixth year MISA has coordinated researchers from all over southern Africa to evaluate the openness and transparency of government and public institutions throughout the region. The...

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MISA Celebrates International Right to Information Day

MISA Celebrates International Right to Information Day

26 Sep 2014

Every year on 28 September, the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) joins the international community in commemorating International Right to Information Day. This is an international day of activism to raise awareness about the importance of the right of access to information (ATI). The right to seek, access and receive information is a fundamental human right guaranteed by Article 19 of the Universal Declaration...

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MISA Zimbabwe Marks Right to Know Day

26 Sep 2014

MISA Zimbabwe notes with great concern that as the world commemorates the Right to Know Day celebrated annually on 28 September, Zimbabwe is still to enact a democratic access to information law as demanded for under the new Constitution. This year’s event is being held under the theme: Easier Access. Better Decisions. Greater Accountability. This theme dovetails with MISA-Zimbabwe’s running theme for 2014: Right to...

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MISA Zambia condemns barring of some media houses from covering opening of parliament

24 Sep 2014

MISA Zambia notes with sadness the sudden and retrogressive decision by the government to block some media houses from covering the opening of parliament on Friday 19 September 2014. We want to put it to the attention of the clerk of the National Assembly and her collaborators that parliament is not a private institution but a public institution which is composed or elected and not...

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MISA Botswana condemns arrest and detention of Sunday Standard Editor, Outsa Mokone

11 Sep 2014

MISA Botswana was shocked to learn that Sunday Standard Editor, Mr Outsa Mokone, was arrested and detained by the Botswana Police Service on Monday 8 September 2014. The warrant of arrest relates to a possible charge of “seditious intention” contrary to section 50(1) as read with section 51(1) C of the Penal Code of Botswana. The Chief Magistrate for Gaborone Administrative District issued a warrant...

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MISA Annual General Meeting 2014: Statement on the State of Media Freedom and Freedom of Expression in Southern Africa

MISA Annual General Meeting 2014: Statement on the State of Media Freedom and Freedom of Expression in Southern Africa

03 Sep 2014

Having gathered in Gaborone, Botswana on Friday, 29 August 2014, for its annual general meeting, the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) makes the following statement: The Regional Governing Council of MISAexpresses grave concern over the continued obstruction of media freedom and freedom of expression in the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) region, demonstrated by restrictive legislation and misuse of legislation like criminal defamation laws,...

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MISA calls for SADC governing heads to improve media freedom and access to information during 10th Civil Society Forum

MISA calls for SADC governing heads to improve media freedom and access to information during 10th Civil Society Forum

22 Aug 2014

In July 2014, MISA successfully lobbied for the 10th Civil Society Forum to adopt a resolution calling on the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to improve freedom of expression, media freedom and access to information by: reviewing and reforming relevant protocols and instruments; increasing media diversity; increasing access to social and community media; and making it easier to disseminate information to communities in need. The...

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