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ZIMBABWE: Police, media agree on actions to secure a safe environment for media operations

ZIMBABWE: Police, media agree on actions to secure a safe environment for media operations

The Zimbabwe Republic Police and representatives of media organisations led by MISA Zimbabwe Trustee Cris Chinaka met in Harare on 20 December 2017, and have agreed on a raft of actions to secure a safe and conducive working environment for journalists. The police delegation was led by Police Spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba. In attendance during the meeting brokered by MISA Zimbabwe as a...

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Minister calls for news content in local languages to promote access to information – Zambia

Minister calls for news content in local languages to promote access to information – Zambia

Brenda Bukowa With 68 percent of Zambians living in poverty and literacy levels standing at 55.3 percent with more pronouncement in females than males, publication of newspapers and magazines in various local languages can be key to information dissemination to the general public. This can further increase public understanding of national issues and in turn strengthen the practice of freedom of expression at community level....

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MISA Malawi’s media awards growing; new partnership promotes reporting on health research

MISA Malawi’s media awards growing; new partnership promotes reporting on health research

MISA Malawi Chapter has introduced a new award category in partnership with Malawi Liverpool Wellcome Trust to promote health research reporting in the country. The award category, called ‘Health Research Reporting Journalist of the Year Award,’ will be given out during the 2018 MISA Malawi Annual Media Awards. This is the first time MISA Malawi has introduced an award on health research and believes that...

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MISA Zimbabwe’s website has a great new look!

MISA Zimbabwe’s website has a great new look!

We are excited to have revamped our website. It’s now much easier on the eye, plus you can even visit it from your mobile or tablet. We’ve spent months completely overhauling the design and organisation of our new-look website so it’s much simpler to navigate and find what you’re are looking for. Plus it’s now mobile responsive so you can visit us on whatever device...

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Misa Malawi has a great new website!

Misa Malawi has a great new website!

We are very excited! MISA Malawi has launched an entirely new website to better serve the freedom of expression community in southern Africa. We’ve spent months completely reworking how our new site is organised so it’s much simpler to navigate and find what you’re are looking for. We’ve also overhauled the design to make it easier on the eye. Plus you can now visit our...

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MISA Malawi introduces Journalism Mentorship Programme

MISA Malawi is inviting its paid-up members to apply for a three months mentorship program which will run from October 1 – December 31, 2017. The Chapter has embarked on the mentorship program to transfer skills and expertise from seasoned journalists to upcoming ones within the sector. All successful applicants will be paired with mentors based on field, skills and knowledge gaps. Among the areas...

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ZAMBIA: Prepare for digital migration or face going off air

ZAMBIA: Prepare for digital migration or face going off air

Television stations in Zambia need to switch to digital broadcasting by October 1 to avoid going off air when the analogue signal is switched off. MISA Zambia Chairperson, Helen Mwale, says television stations across the country, especially those still broadcasting under the analogue signal transmission, should prepare themselves for digital migration to avoid going off air once the analogue signal is switched off. Ms. Mwale...

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Citizens’ Analysis of Government Openness; MISA launches its 2017 Transparency Assessment

Citizens’ Analysis of Government Openness; MISA launches its 2017 Transparency Assessment

In commemoration of the International Day of Universal Access to Information (IDUAI) on 28 September 2017, the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) launches its annual Transparency Assessment in eight southern African countries. Eight national MISA Chapters, together with local researchers, sought to determine the ease or difficulty with which citizens can access information held by public institutions in their respective countries. The Transparency Assessment...

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MISA Zambia reports reflect on press freedom challenges, victories in 2016/17

MISA Zambia reports reflect on press freedom challenges, victories in 2016/17

The year 2016 was momentous for Zambia as it was the first general election in which Zambians voted in five separate ballots: For the election of the President, the 156-member National Assembly, for over 1,600 Local Government Councils, and for the first time, directly elected Mayors and Council Chairs. A referendum was held alongside the general elections on the 11th August 2016 for Zambian citizens...

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MISA seeks support for more transparency in elections

MISA seeks support for more transparency in elections

“Access to information and transparency … that’s the link between media freedom, democracy and elections”, MISA Regional Director Zoe Titus proposed to a meeting of civil society representatives from southern Africa. Titus was addressing delegates to the 11th Southern Africa Civil Society Forum (CSF) convened by the Regional Apex Alliance, i.e. Fellowship of Christian Councils in Southern Africa (FOCCISA), Southern Africa Trade Unions Coordinating Council...

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