Press releases


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 further...

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Farewell Jeanette Minnie … the Zambezi FoX is no more

Farewell Jeanette Minnie … the Zambezi FoX is no more

02 Nov 2016

It is with great sorrow that the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) learned of the passing on November 2, 2016, of Jeanette Minnie. She died at the age of 61, after a bitter battle with cancer. Jeanette will be remembered with great fondness and respect by all who met her and interacted with her.  In her work, she was respected for her incisive and...

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AFEX Demands Immediate Release of Detained Sudanese Students

AFEX Demands Immediate Release of Detained Sudanese Students

23 Jun 2016

The African Freedom of Expression Exchange (AFEX) demands Sudan’s National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) to immediately release the eight students who have been detained incommunicado without charges. On May 3, 2016, 17 students were expelled from the University of Khartoum following a protest held on April 27, 2016 on the university campus. Two students were reportedly shot dead by agents of the NISS during...

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MISA mourns the passing of a dear friend, Peter Schellschmidt

MISA mourns the passing of a dear friend, Peter Schellschmidt

09 Jun 2016

It is with great sorrow that the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) learned of the passing on June 7, 2016, of Peter Schellschmidt. He died at the age of 71, after a long battle with cancer. Peter witnessed Namibia’s transition to independence during his time as representative of the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (from 1989 to 1993) and returned to the country as the coordinator...

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AFEX Calls on Ugandan President to Safeguard Free Speech

AFEX Calls on Ugandan President to Safeguard Free Speech

30 May 2016

The African Freedom of Expression Exchange (AFEX), a network of freedom of expression organizations on the continent, has petitioned Ugandan President, Yoweri Museveni, calling on him to make a commitment to protect and defend free speech in the face of the deteriorating freedom of expression situation and the abuse of freedom of assembly rights in Uganda. The petition was motivated by the recent wave of...

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ACHPR Chairperson on mission to Zimbabwe

ACHPR Chairperson on mission to Zimbabwe

13 May 2016

The Chairperson of the African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights (ACHPR) Advocacy Pansy Tlakula arrives in Harare on Monday, 16 May 2016 on a four-day working visit to Zimbabwe. Advocate Tlakula who will be in Harare in her capacity as the ACHPR’s Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information , kick starts her “advocacy visit” with a dinner on Monday hosted...

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MISA documentary highlights free expression struggles in southern Africa

MISA documentary highlights free expression struggles in southern Africa

12 May 2016

Freedom of expression is one of the cornerstones of all democratic systems. Without it ideas about how to protect the common good in our societies would be impoverished. A marketplace of ideas is essential for democracy to thrive. It is for this reason that MISA attaches such importance to political discourse as well as to speech and other forms of expression that may shock and...

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MISA celebrates World Radio Day, 2016

MISA celebrates World Radio Day, 2016

12 Feb 2016

The Media Institute of Southern Africa joins the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the world in marking the fifth annual World Radio on February 13, 2016. This year’s theme for World Radio Day – “The Role of the Radio in Humanitarian Emergency and Disaster Situations” emphasises the essential role this medium plays during a critical period. “Communication and communication technology are...

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Include us in budget preps – MISA children

Include us in budget preps – MISA children

24 Jul 2015

Some children at the MISA regional ambassadors and media meeting in Pretoria have called on African governments for their inclusion in the preparation of budgets. Children who spoke in separate interviews expressed concern over the lack of their views in national budget preparations. Natasha Mwansa (14) of Zambia noted that children should be consulted during the national budget preparation. Natasha said the decisions made regarding the...

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