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Citizens’ Analysis of Government Openness: Nine Years On! …. MISA’s 10th Transparency Assessment Report

Citizens’ Analysis of Government Openness: Nine Years On! …. MISA’s 10th Transparency Assessment Report

In commemoration of the International Day of Universal Access to Information (IDUAI) on 28 September, the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) launches its annual Transparency Assessment in seven southern African countries. This year marks the 10th publication of the annual report on the most open and most secretive public institutions in southern Africa. Seven national MISA Chapters, together with local researchers, sought to determine...

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Minnie devoted her professional life to ensuring robust civil society engagement with African media policy.

Registration now open for free online course, “Civil Society and African Media Policy in the Digital Age”

The Wits LINK Centre and WitsX has opened registration for the first offering of the free, six-week, online course “Civil Society and African Media Policy in the Digital Age” which starts on October 10, 2018. It was developed to honour and sustain the legacy of South African media freedom and freedom of expression activist #Jeanette Minnie, who passed away in November 2016. This free-of-charge Massive Open Online...

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MISA WORLD PRESS FREEDOM DAY STATEMENT, 2018: Restriction of civic space threatens media, citizens

MISA WORLD PRESS FREEDOM DAY STATEMENT, 2018: Restriction of civic space threatens media, citizens

On the occasion of World Press Freedom Day 2018, the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA), pays tribute to all journalists and media workers, many of whom continue to work under trying circumstances to bring citizens news and information necessary for them to make informed choices. Over the course of 2017, MISA has witnessed the restriction of civic space across southern Africa, along with a...

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World Radio Day

Zimbabwe still needs diverse radio

MISA Zimbabwe joins the world in commemorating World Radio Day with a reminder to the government of Zimbabwe on the need for genuine transformation of the entire broadcasting sector to allow for diversity in radio broadcasting in the country. This years commemorations are held under the theme, Radio, Sports and Cultural Diversity. In its announcement of the theme this year, the United Nations Educational, Scientific...

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Scrapping of broadcasting and access to information laws long overdue – MISA Zimbabwe

Scrapping of broadcasting and access to information laws long overdue – MISA Zimbabwe

  MISA Zimbabwe welcomes remarks by Acting Minister of Information, Media and Broadcasting Services, Simon Khaya Moyo, that his ministry is in the process of aligning the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (AIPPA) and the Broadcasting Services Act (BSA) with the Constitution. Moyo was speaking at the launch of the Media Alliance of Zimbabwe’s elections programme on 2 February 2018.  The programme...

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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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