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MISA welcomes UNHCR recommendation to Angola to amend and implement its national access to information law

MISA welcomes UNHCR recommendation to Angola to amend and implement its national access to information law

01 Dec 2014

1 DECEMBER 2014, WINDHOEK, NAMIBIA – The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHCR), through a draft report from its Working Group on the Universal Periodic Review (UPR), has called on the government of the Republic of Angola to amend and strengthen the national access to information law to guarantee citizens’ right to access information freely. The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA), a member of...

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MISA Zambia Statement on invasion of ZNBC

25 Nov 2014

We note with grief the invasion of ZNBC studios by Sports minister Chishimba Kambwili and Information Permanent Secretary Chanda Kasolo, together with other PF leaders, as confirmed by ZNBC Board Chairperson Dr. John Mulwila. We are now 55 days away from the Presidential election and Mr. Kambwili is one of the aspirants seeking nomination to stand as PF president. However, his act is very disappointing...

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Statement from the MISA Election Observer Mission in Botswana

Statement from the MISA Election Observer Mission in Botswana

26 Oct 2014

In October 2014, the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) convened a mission to observe the conduct of the media and electoral bodies during the Botswana 2014 parliamentary and local government elections, held on Friday 24 October. The mission found that the media performed exceptionally well, though there could be improvements. THE MEDIA AND ELECTIONS Credible and fair elections are an essential element of democratic...

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MISA Zimbabwe concerned about recent attacks and threats against the media

24 Oct 2014

MISA-Zimbabwe notes with very grave concern recent attacks and threats against the privately owned media by Zanu PF and government officials, including the First Lady Grace Mugabe, which pose serious risk to the safety and security of journalists. These attacks assumed unacceptable proportions during the just-ended First Lady’s rallies. While the media is not immune to criticism, the First Lady’s inciting statements particularly against journalists...

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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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