Freedom of Expression Tracker: Victory

Victory – This includes immediate victories for media workers or organisations including being released unconditionally, having charges dropped, winning or avoiding civil litigation, overturning gagging orders and being acquitted of criminal charges. This category also includes incidents that advance media freedom, access to information or freedom of expression in general. For example, favourable policy statements, media friendly laws or policies and favourable and precedent-setting court judgements.The statistic reported represents the number of incidents.

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 ...

Kasakula, a journalist with one of the country’s mainstream print media houses, Times Group, was beaten and arrested in Limbe, Blantyre, southern Malawi on October 21, 2014 for allegedly taking pictures of an altercation involving Blantyre City Council officials and vendors. Kasakula was charged with ‘obstructing a police officer on duty.’    

The police raided the offices on 17 June 2014 on allegations that the community radio initiative was broadcasting without a licence before confiscating a laptop, newsletters and CDs.