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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’

11 Jul 2017

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

07 Jul 2017

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

27 Jun 2017

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

03 May 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

12 Apr 2017

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

02 Apr 2017

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

31 Mar 2017

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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MISA Zambia launches 2017 Media Awards

MISA Zambia launches 2017 Media Awards

31 Mar 2017

The MISA Zambia Media Awards are an annual event which honour journalists, individuals and institutions that have made a significant contribution towards the advancement of media freedom and access to information in Zambia. The awards were established in 2002 to honour people and organisations that have made a mark in ensuring that the country’s democracy grows through entrenchment of values of freedom of expression and...

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MISA Zambia welcomes Justice Minister’s pronouncement on ATI; calls for a roadmap for the process

MISA Zambia welcomes Justice Minister’s pronouncement on ATI; calls for a roadmap for the process

10 Feb 2017

MISA Zambia welcomes the pronouncement by Justice Minister Given Lubinda at the 2017 Universal Periodic Review that the Access to Information bill is ready and that government is working on systems that will readily avail the information to the public. The enactment of the ATI bill is long overdue as it has stalled since 2002 when it was presented to parliament, with successive governments-including the...

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MISA Malawi calls for reopening of Times Group; amicable resolution to tax matter

MISA Malawi calls for reopening of Times Group; amicable resolution to tax matter

13 Jan 2017

MISA Malawi is disturbed by news of the closure this morning of Blantyre Printing and Publishing Company (Times Group) offices by the Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) over unpaid taxes. While MISA Malawi does not condone default on taxes, we strongly believe that the closure of Times Group is ill-timed and can easily be construed as an attempt by government to stop the media house from...

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