Press releases


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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Preliminary joint statement on the National Assembly Elections in the Kingdom of Lesotho on 28 February 2015

02 Mar 2015

The Coordinated Civil Society Regional Observer Mission comprising the SADC Council of NGOs, SADC Lawyers Association (SADC-LA) and the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA), observed the Lesotho National Assembly Elections, held on Saturday, 28 February 2015. The Mission benefits from specialised expertise that the participating organisations bring in order to enable them to make a comprehensive assessment of the electoral process. The Mission was...

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MISA Zimbabwe files constitutional application against criminal defamation

26 Feb 2015

MISA Zimbabwe and senior Zimbabwean journalists on filed an application with the Constitutional Court on 25 February 2015 seeking an order for criminal defamation to be declared unconstitutional in terms of the new Constitution. In its application filed by lawyer Chris Mhike, MISA Zimbabwe argues that section 96 of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act 2004, is unconstitutional, as it does not comply with...

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MISA Malawi World Radio Day Statement

MISA Malawi World Radio Day Statement

13 Feb 2015

Radio as a true medium for citizen empowerment As we will be commemorating World Radio Day on Friday, February 13, the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) Malawi Chapter joins Malawians in celebrating the importance of radio broadcasting and the role it plays in the socio-economic development of the country. The United Nations set aside February 13 as World Radio Day to raise awareness about...

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MISA Zimbabwe World Radio Day statement

MISA Zimbabwe World Radio Day statement

13 Feb 2015

MISA Zimbabwe joins the rest of the world in commemorating World Radio Day, celebrated annually on 13 February.   This year’s celebrations run under the theme: Youth and innovation in radio, in line with the International Telecommunications Unions’ 50thanniversary celebrations.   Critical to Zimbabwe is the fact that the day comes at a time when the country is still to implement the three-tier broadcasting system...

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MISA Celebrates World Radio Day 2015

MISA Celebrates World Radio Day 2015

13 Feb 2015

13 FEBRUARY 2015, WINDHOEK, NAMIBIA– Today, 13 February 2015, the Media Institute of Southern African (MISA) joins the rest of the world in marking the fourth annual World Radio Day. This year’s theme is ‘Youth and Radio’ and how young people can be better represented through the most powerful medium. The Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), Irina Bokova, said...

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MISA Malawi Statement: Re-deployment of MBC Director General

22 Jan 2015

The Media Institute of Southern Africa – Malawi Chapter (MISA Malawi) has learned with disappointment of the re-deployment of Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) Director General, Dr. Benson Tembo, to the Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA) where he has been earmarked for a subordinate position of Technical Advisor. Firstly, MISA Malawi is surprised that such a decision concerning an employee of MBC has been made by...

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MISA Botswana statement on advertising bans

18 Dec 2014

The media industry is gravely disturbed and perturbed by recent media reports that the Botswana Government is planning to use advertising as a weapon against the private media. The Guardian-Sun case of 2001 against the Attorney General clearly showed the unconstitutionality of government using advertising as a weapon against freedom of expression. The court found on the facts that the applicant had established a prima...

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MISA Zambia Statement: Stop beating journalists and acts of censorship

16 Dec 2014

The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) Zambia is calling on all political parties not to beat journalists and refrain from acts of censorship because an independent media is key to free and fair elections. In order for citizens to make an informed decision, they need information and therefore, elections are highly dependent on the free flow of information, something which the media in Zambia...

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MISA Zambia Statement: High Court Rules Seditious Intent Unconstitutional

05 Dec 2014

The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) Zambia is happy that the High Court of Zambia has found section 67 of the Penal Code to be unconstitutional as it contravenes Article 20(3) of the Zambian Constitution. The High Court of Zambia has found that Section 67 does not pass the test of being reasonably justified in a democratic society. Section 67 of the Penal Code...

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