Victories and Violations


ZIMBABWE: Journalists sustain injuries after assault by police

ZIMBABWE: Journalists sustain injuries after assault by police

29 Sep 2017

On 29 September 2017, journalists Mugove Tafirenyika and Brighton Goko who work for the privately owned Daily News sustained injuries after being reportedly assaulted by the police while covering demonstrations in Harare’s central business district. An editor with the Daily News said the journalists had been rushed to hospital for treatment following the assault. The severity of their injuries could not be immediately ascertained. MISA...

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Threats against social media unlawful – MISA Zimbabwe

Threats against social media unlawful – MISA Zimbabwe

29 Sep 2017

MISA Zimbabwe is disquieted by the string of threats that have recently been issued against the use of social media by citizens. This follows a series of threats by Ministers Patrick Chinamasa,  Mike Bimha and Chris Mushowe to tighten control over use of social media amid claims that this was the cause of shortages of basic commodities and bank notes in the country. “The cause...

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NewsDay Journalists Assaulted On Duty, MISA Zimbabwe Condemns Abuse of Authority by Police

NewsDay Journalists Assaulted On Duty, MISA Zimbabwe Condemns Abuse of Authority by Police

27 Jul 2017

NewsDay journalists Obey Manayiti, Shepherd Tozvireva and their driver Raphael Phiri were arrested and assaulted by police officers on their way Harare Central police station, where they were detained on July 27, 2017. MISA Zimbabwe reports that the trio were photographing skirmishes between police and members of the public in central business district of Harare. MISA Zimbabwe is following the case and will provide updates...

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ALERT: New censorship board in Zimbabwe to ‘regulate and control’ media

ALERT: New censorship board in Zimbabwe to ‘regulate and control’ media

24 May 2017

A new Board of Censors has been put in place to regulate and control the media and film industry in the digital era. According to The Herald edition of 24 May 2017, the Minister of Home Affairs, Ignatius Chombo, made the appointment in terms of the Censorship and Entertainment Controls  Act. The minister said while the Constitution provides for free artistic expression, cultural beliefs and...

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MISA Zambia condemns UPND attack on journalists; calls for unity among journalists

MISA Zambia condemns UPND attack on journalists; calls for unity among journalists

30 Mar 2017

PRESS STATEMENT: MISA Zambia has received disturbing reports of a violent attack on journalists by unruly UPND (United Party for National Development) cadres at the party’s press briefing at its secretariat. As an institution that stands for freedom of expression and media freedom, we strongly condemn the attack on the journalists, among them one Silumesi Malumo of Radio Phoenix and Priscilla Banda of Millennium radio. It is unfortunate...

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MISA Zambia condemns seizure of Mast Newspaper equipment, raid on M’membe’s residence

MISA Zambia condemns seizure of Mast Newspaper equipment, raid on M’membe’s residence

25 Feb 2017

MISA Zambia condemns, in the strongest terms, the action by the state and police actions to suppress the Mast Newspaper in addition to the earlier harassment and assault of Mutinta Mazoka-M’membe during an attempted search in the absence of her husband five days ago. We are concerned that the state fight is no longer about the closure of the Post Newspaper instigated by the government and...

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LESOTHO: Government closes two radio stations ahead of global World Radio Day celebrations

LESOTHO: Government closes two radio stations ahead of global World Radio Day celebrations

10 Feb 2017

Three days ahead of the commemoration of the World Radio Day on 13 February 2017, the government of Lesotho has cut the broadcasting signals of two local radio stations, Ts’enolo FM (104.6MHZ) and People’s Choice FM (95.6 MHZ) on Thursday, 9 February 2017. According to the Principal Secretary (PS) of the Minister of Communications, Science and Technology, Ts’eliso Khomari, the radio stations were cut off for allegedly airing defamatory content about the country’s Prime Minister...

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MISA Malawi calls for reopening of Times Group; amicable resolution to tax matter

MISA Malawi calls for reopening of Times Group; amicable resolution to tax matter

13 Jan 2017

MISA Malawi is disturbed by news of the closure this morning of Blantyre Printing and Publishing Company (Times Group) offices by the Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) over unpaid taxes. While MISA Malawi does not condone default on taxes, we strongly believe that the closure of Times Group is ill-timed and can easily be construed as an attempt by government to stop the media house from...

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MISA bemoans Cabinet decision to prioritise distribution of info, advertising to state-owned media

MISA bemoans Cabinet decision to prioritise distribution of info, advertising to state-owned media

08 Nov 2016

MISA Namibia is concerned about a recent Cabinet resolution (16th/20.09.16/007) that all government offices, agencies and ministries, including regional and local authorities, must prioritise the dissemination of information and advertisement through New Era Publication Corporation and the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC). This Cabinet resolution is problematic because it limits access to important public information for those citizens who do not regularly access New Era and the NBC....

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MISA Mozambique denounces attack on public sector reporting teams

MISA Mozambique denounces attack on public sector reporting teams

15 Aug 2016

MISA-Mozambique was extremely concerned when it became aware of the attack on vehicles of Mozambique Television (TVM) and of Radio Mozambique (RM), which took place on 12 August 2016, in the Chiwala region of Bárué district, Manica province, along National Highway No.7. According to various sources to which MISA-Mozambique has had access, the two vehicles were attacked by gunmen of the Mozambique Resistance Movement (Renamo). The vehicles were carrying...

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