Press releases


MISA announces southern Africa’s most open and most secretive government and public institutions in 2014

MISA announces southern Africa’s most open and most secretive government and public institutions in 2014

03 Oct 2014

From Sunday 28 September, Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) Chapter offices have been marking International Right to Information Day across the region by announcing the recipients of this year’s Golden Key and Golden Padlock Awards. This is the sixth year MISA has coordinated researchers from all over southern Africa to evaluate the openness and transparency of government and public institutions throughout the region. The...

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MISA Celebrates International Right to Information Day

MISA Celebrates International Right to Information Day

26 Sep 2014

Every year on 28 September, the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) joins the international community in commemorating International Right to Information Day. This is an international day of activism to raise awareness about the importance of the right of access to information (ATI). The right to seek, access and receive information is a fundamental human right guaranteed by Article 19 of the Universal Declaration...

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MISA Zimbabwe Marks Right to Know Day

26 Sep 2014

MISA Zimbabwe notes with great concern that as the world commemorates the Right to Know Day celebrated annually on 28 September, Zimbabwe is still to enact a democratic access to information law as demanded for under the new Constitution. This year’s event is being held under the theme: Easier Access. Better Decisions. Greater Accountability. This theme dovetails with MISA-Zimbabwe’s running theme for 2014: Right to...

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MISA Zambia condemns barring of some media houses from covering opening of parliament

24 Sep 2014

MISA Zambia notes with sadness the sudden and retrogressive decision by the government to block some media houses from covering the opening of parliament on Friday 19 September 2014. We want to put it to the attention of the clerk of the National Assembly and her collaborators that parliament is not a private institution but a public institution which is composed or elected and not...

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MISA Botswana condemns arrest and detention of Sunday Standard Editor, Outsa Mokone

11 Sep 2014

MISA Botswana was shocked to learn that Sunday Standard Editor, Mr Outsa Mokone, was arrested and detained by the Botswana Police Service on Monday 8 September 2014. The warrant of arrest relates to a possible charge of “seditious intention” contrary to section 50(1) as read with section 51(1) C of the Penal Code of Botswana. The Chief Magistrate for Gaborone Administrative District issued a warrant...

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MISA Annual General Meeting 2014: Statement on the State of Media Freedom and Freedom of Expression in Southern Africa

MISA Annual General Meeting 2014: Statement on the State of Media Freedom and Freedom of Expression in Southern Africa

03 Sep 2014

Having gathered in Gaborone, Botswana on Friday, 29 August 2014, for its annual general meeting, the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) makes the following statement: The Regional Governing Council of MISAexpresses grave concern over the continued obstruction of media freedom and freedom of expression in the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) region, demonstrated by restrictive legislation and misuse of legislation like criminal defamation laws,...

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MISA calls for SADC governing heads to improve media freedom and access to information during 10th Civil Society Forum

MISA calls for SADC governing heads to improve media freedom and access to information during 10th Civil Society Forum

22 Aug 2014

In July 2014, MISA successfully lobbied for the 10th Civil Society Forum to adopt a resolution calling on the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to improve freedom of expression, media freedom and access to information by: reviewing and reforming relevant protocols and instruments; increasing media diversity; increasing access to social and community media; and making it easier to disseminate information to communities in need. The...

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MISA Zimbabwe: The closure of SW Radio Africa

18 Aug 2014

MISA-Zimbabwe bemoans the closure of the pioneer shortwave radio station, SW Radio Africa, after 13 years of affording Zimbabweans, particularly those residing in marginalised rural communities, access to diverse views and opinions. The station, which broadcast from London in the United Kingdom on the free –to –air channel, Channel Zim, ceased its broadcasts on 10 August 2014. The history and evolution of the Zimbabwean media...

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MISA Namibia and Civil Society call for public consultation on Third Constitution Amendment Bill

MISA Namibia and Civil Society call for public consultation on Third Constitution Amendment Bill

08 Aug 2014

A coalition of civil society organisations yesterday united to launch a campaign calling for the withdrawal of the Third Constitution Amendment and demand wide public consultation on the proposed amendments in 2015. We further question the haste in which the bill was tabled and the secrecy that preceded the tabling of the bill, which contains over 40 changes. It is expected for the bill to...

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MISA condemns two-year prison sentence for Swazi editor and human rights lawyer; expresses grave concern for the state of free expression and media freedom in Swaziland

MISA condemns two-year prison sentence for Swazi editor and human rights lawyer; expresses grave concern for the state of free expression and media freedom in Swaziland

29 Jul 2014

The Regional Governing Council of the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) is outraged and deeply saddened by the unreasonable sentencing of editor of The Nation Bheki Makhubu and human rights lawyer Thulani Maseko to two years in prison, without the option of a fine, which was handed down by Judge Mpendulo Simelane in the Mbabane High Court in Swaziland last Friday, 25 July. The...

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