Victories and Violations


MISA Tanzania calls on authorities to find mssing journalist Azory Gwanda

MISA Tanzania calls on authorities to find mssing journalist Azory Gwanda

MISA Tanzania is deeply concerned about the disappearance of Mwananchi Communication Ltd (MCL) journalist Azory Gwanda and calls on the authorities to make all resources available and expedite their efforts to find him. In a letter to MISA Tanzania dated December 6, 2017, with a reference title ‘MISSING OF MCL CORRESPONDENT AZORY GWANDA’, MCL Managing Director Francis Majige Nanai confirmed receiving information of Azory’s disappearance....

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MISA Zambia condemns Minister’s threats to close down K-FM Radio

MISA Zambia condemns Minister’s threats to close down K-FM Radio

MISA Zambia is disturbed that Luapula Province Minister Nickson Chilangwa has warned that he will close down K-FM Radio in Mansa if the station continues to broadcast divergent and opposing views from people perceived to be attacking the government of the day. The reports quoting Chilangwa indicate that he issued the threats when addressing a rally in Mansa on Sunday 26th November, 2017. As MISA...

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ZIMBABWE: Journalists sustain injuries after assault by police

ZIMBABWE: Journalists sustain injuries after assault by police

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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