Freedom of Expression Tracker

MISA organises violations and victories into 10 categories of free expression violations and one category for victories toward achieving greater access to freedom of expression in the south of Africa.


A Newsday reporter was threatened with death by a College Principal  after questioning him regarding allegations of a leaked ZIMSEC Geography paper amongst students, prior to writing the exam. ZIMSEC was allegedly withlding the college's O Level Geography results pending further investigations.


Chitongo was jointly charged with Tafadzwa Mhlanga, Givemore Kadzwida, and Courage Bandera. The four stood accused of collaborating to publish a newspaper that was not registered with the Zimbabwe Media Commission (ZMC), with intentions of selling it. They proceeded to publish three issues of the unregistered newspaper titled, the Southern Mirror. However, Chitongo’s co- accused persons were ...


The case in point arose from a story published by NewsDay titled: CIO “secretly” get bonuses. On 6 January 2016, NewsDay reported that the government had last year ‘quietly’ paid CIO operatives their annual bonuses despite postponing, several times, paying the salaries of civil servants.


George Charamba, spokesperson to President Robert Mugabe, threatens private media after a reporter asked him to comment on the contract status of Zimbabwean Defence Forces commander, General Constantine Chiwenga.


Detectives visited Newsday offices in search of its deputy editor Nqaba Matshazi on January 6th 2016.


The ZMC accreditation card is issued to facilitate the entry and coverage by journalists of public institutions and events including the Parliament of Zimbabwe. By subjecting journalists duly accredited by the ZMC to further vetting, Parliament runs the risk of usurping the powers of a constitutional body that could set precedence for other arms of the state to impose similar requirements on ...


Anti-riot police assault journalist Lovemore Meya during a hunt for rowdy residents who were allegedly fuelling violence.


MISA Malawi has been campaigning for legislation on Access to Information since 2004. President Peter Mutharika has promised on several occasions that his administration is committed to ensuring that Malawi has legislation on Access to Information to promote transparency and informed participatory democracy. The Daily Times on Thursday November 19 2015 reported that President Peter Mutharika ...


MISA Malawi recently raised concern that some provisions in the Bill were retrogressive for Malawi and an issue of national concern. “As an institution that advances press freedom in the country, MISA Malawi believes that some provisions in the Bill are open to abuse and likely to promote extreme self-censorship and fear amongst online users and should be reviewed before it  is presented in ...


The draft Access to Information Bill has undergone numerous reviews by different stakeholders including Ministry of Justice. The draft was approved by the Cabinet Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs and President Peter Mutharika promised Malawians the Bill would be tabled in Parliament during the November sitting. Cabinet, however, decided to reject the Bill and send it back to Ministry ...