Press releases


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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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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