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Botswana: Newspaper website hacked again, and deleted

A website belonging to the only private daily newspaper in Botswana, Mmegi, was hacked on 22 January 2015 and deleted by unknown culprits. The newspaper realised their website had been deleted around 10am in the morning. Tlhalefang Charles, a reporter and new-media coordinator at Mmegi, told MISA Botswana that they suspect hackers want to intimidate and delay their business. “Even though it is not clear...

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Media freedom essential during upcoming 2015 African elections

As Zambia, Lesotho and Tanzania go to the polls in 2015, the media have a key role to play in ensuring fair and transparent elections with informed voters. It is well established that freedom of expression and political debate is fundamental to free, fair and genuinely democratic elections. In order to play their role, the media need both access to information and the freedom to...

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Opinion: Zambian elections fail to focus on children’s issues

By Mwiza Zulu Due to the death of the 5th Zambian President, Mr Michael Sata, in October last year, Zambians on 20 January 2014 went to the polls to elect a new President. The period between November 2014 and January 2015 was the campaign period during which aspiring presidential candidates told citizens of the country what they have to offer. It is however sad to...

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Victory for access to information in South Africa

The Centre for Environmental Rights in South Africa used the Promotion of Access to Information Act 2000 (PAIA) to access important environmental records from ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA), necessary for the protection of the constitutional rights of a local community. The case demonstrates the importance of access to information legislation, and how access to information serves the public interests and can benefit citizens and communities....

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ACTION coalition – Namibia’s Anti-Terrorism Law: Rushed and ill-considered

ACTION coalition – Namibia’s Anti-Terrorism Law: Rushed and ill-considered

Many countries around the world introduced new anti-terrorism legislation after the September 11 2001 terrorist attacks in the US and subsequent incidents around the world. It has become clear that no country is immune from the threat of terrorism and that the State, in fulfilling its duty to protect citizens, has a responsibility to introduce effective anti-terrorism laws. Namibia’s Prevention and Combating of Terrorist and...

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MISA’s Women to Watch in 2014: Mwiza Zulu

Mwiza is a television and radio presenter in Zambia and she has been chosen as one of MISA’s 2014 Women to Watch. Every year, on 8 March, people all around the world celebrate International Women’s Day.  To commemorate the day in 2014, we are unveiling MISA’s Women to Watch – 12 women from across southern Africa who are contributing to the achievement of media freedom...

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