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Media discuss investment in children

Media discuss investment in children

19 Jul 2015

A lack of resources is among the reasons that governments are not meeting regional and international standards in child rights protection, cited Gugulethu Ndebele, Executive Director of Save the Children South Africa at the recent Children and Media meeting. Ndebele addressed media professionals, children and civil society representatives from southern Africa who convened in Pretoria on 2 and 3 July 2015, for MISA’s annual Children...

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So this is democracy?  State of media freedom in Southern Africa 2013

So this is democracy? State of media freedom in Southern Africa 2013

10 Jul 2015

Since its foundation in 1992, the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) has been the primary advocate for media freedom and freedom of expression in southern Africa, issuing alerts on media freedom violations, condemnations of killings, assaults, criminal charges and other forms of unjustified attacks on journalists, including restrictions on access to information. Each year, MISA produces So This Is Democracy?: State of media freedom in...

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African Media Barometer highlights deficiencies in media freedom in Botswana

19 Jun 2015

Botswana’s democracy credentials have been put on the spotlight once again. In 2014 the Mo Ibrahim report ranked Botswana in eighth position on the category of participation and human rights in which freedom of expression is one of the indicators.  The African Media Barometer (AMB) assessment, undertaken late in 2014, has not spared Botswana either. The findings of the 2014 AMB assessment indicate that if...

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MISA Malawi Statement on the death of Edward Chitsulo

19 Mar 2015

The Media Institute of Southern Africa – Malawi Chapter (MISA Malawi) has learned with shock and sadness the death of veteran and renowned journalist Edward Chitsulo. Chitsulo died at Blantyre Adventist Hospital in Blantyre this morning, Sunday March 15, 2015 after a short illness. MISA Malawi sincerely condoles Chitsulo’s wife, children and family, his employers Nation Publications Limited, where he was Managing Editor until his...

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MISA condemns continued imprisonment of Swazi prisoners of conscience

18 Mar 2015

18 MARCH 2015, WINDHOEK, NAMIBIA – The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) condemns the continued imprisonment of editor Bheki Makhubu and Thulani Maseko in Swaziland. Today marks one year since the pair were remanded in detention following an unconstitutional closed court hearing on 18 March 2014. The pair were arrested and charged in connection to separate articles criticising the Swazi judiciary, which appeared in...

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MISA Zimbabwe Statement on the sharing of ICT infrastructure

17 Mar 2015

MISA Zimbabwe applauds pronouncements by the Minister of Information, Communication Technology Minister Supa Mandiwanzira on 13 March 2015 on government plans to ensure sharing of infrastructure among telecommunications and data service providers as it seeks to improve the sector. Speaking at a consultative workshop on finalisation of the Zimbabwe’s National ICT policy framework, Minister Mandiwanzira said there was need for a policy that would ensure...

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MISA Zimbabwe delegates visit Namibia

13 Mar 2015

On Thursday 12 March 2015, two delegates, Tabani Moyo and Jacqueline Chikakano from the Zimbabwe chapter of the Media Institute of Southern African (MISA) visited Namibia. In a briefing held at the Regional Secretariat offices, Moyo and Chikakano mentioned that the aim of their visit was to share experiences and seek areas of cooperation with access to information (ATI) campaigns that they want to implement...

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MISA Zambia Statement condemns harassment of journalists by Opposition Political Party cadres during search

06 Mar 2015

It is with regret that MISA Zambia has learnt of the case in which cameraman Paul Kaluba and journalist Chris Habeenzu from ZNBC who were harassed by UPND cadres on Monday 2 March 2015, as they tried to cover the search that was taking place at the residence of UPND President Hakainde Hichilema. This is not the first time UPND cadres have harassed journalists in...

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MISA Zimbabwe statement on the licensing of eight local commercial radio stations

05 Mar 2015

MISA Zimbabwe welcomes the licensing of eight urban-based commercial radio stations by the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ) as a development that marks the decentralisation of broadcasting in the country. Following the conducting of public hearings from August 2014 to September 2014, BAZ on 3 March 2015 announced the issuance of licences to five successful companies. These include AB Communications, which will broadcast as Gogogoi...

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Statement on the official launch of the SADC civil society election observation mission to the 2015 National Assembly Election Kingdom of Lesotho

02 Mar 2015

ON 28 FEBRUARY 2015, THE PEOPLE OF THE MOUNTAIN KINGDOM OF LESOTHO WILL BE CONDUCTING NATIONAL ASSEMBLY ELECTIONS, TO EXPRESS THEIR DEMOCRATIC WILL FOR A STABLE, PEACEFUL, SECURED AND PROSPEROUS COUNTRY. CONSEQUENTLY, IT IS IN SOLIDARITY WITH BASOTHO THAT THE SADC COUNCIL OF NGOS (SADC-CNGO), SADC LAWYERS ASSOCIATION (SADC-LA) AND MEDIA INSTITUTE OF SOUTHERN AFRICA (MISA) ARE DEPLOYING A COORDINATED ELECTION OBSERVATION MISSION TO OBSERVE...

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