Media Institute of Southern Africa


Note to new cybersecurity minister … ‘it’s about trust and respect for rights’

Note to new cybersecurity minister … ‘it’s about trust and respect for rights’

10 Oct 2017

MISA Zimbabwe notes with concern the creation of a new ministry of Cybersecurity, Threat Detection and Mitigation in the ministerial reassignments and appointments made by President Robert Mugabe on 9 October 2017. Former Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Patrick Chinamasa will head the Ministry. Concerns over the establishment of this ministry are informed by a series of veiled threats on the use of social...

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MISA Malawi’s media awards growing; new partnership promotes reporting on health research

MISA Malawi’s media awards growing; new partnership promotes reporting on health research

03 Oct 2017

MISA Malawi Chapter has introduced a new award category in partnership with Malawi Liverpool Wellcome Trust to promote health research reporting in the country. The award category, called ‘Health Research Reporting Journalist of the Year Award,’ will be given out during the 2018 MISA Malawi Annual Media Awards. This is the first time MISA Malawi has introduced an award on health research and believes that...

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MISA Zimbabwe’s website has a great new look!

MISA Zimbabwe’s website has a great new look!

03 Oct 2017

We are excited to have revamped our website. It’s now much easier on the eye, plus you can even visit it from your mobile or tablet. We’ve spent months completely overhauling the design and organisation of our new-look website so it’s much simpler to navigate and find what you’re are looking for. Plus it’s now mobile responsive so you can visit us on whatever device...

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Misa Malawi has a great new website!

Misa Malawi has a great new website!

03 Oct 2017

We are very excited! MISA Malawi has launched an entirely new website to better serve the freedom of expression community in southern Africa. We’ve spent months completely reworking how our new site is organised so it’s much simpler to navigate and find what you’re are looking for. We’ve also overhauled the design to make it easier on the eye. Plus you can now visit our...

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MISA Malawi introduces Journalism Mentorship Programme

03 Oct 2017

MISA Malawi is inviting its paid-up members to apply for a three months mentorship program which will run from October 1 – December 31, 2017. The Chapter has embarked on the mentorship program to transfer skills and expertise from seasoned journalists to upcoming ones within the sector. All successful applicants will be paired with mentors based on field, skills and knowledge gaps. Among the areas...

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ZAMBIA: Prepare for digital migration or face going off air

ZAMBIA: Prepare for digital migration or face going off air

30 Sep 2017

Television stations in Zambia need to switch to digital broadcasting by October 1 to avoid going off air when the analogue signal is switched off. MISA Zambia Chairperson, Helen Mwale, says television stations across the country, especially those still broadcasting under the analogue signal transmission, should prepare themselves for digital migration to avoid going off air once the analogue signal is switched off. Ms. Mwale...

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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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MISA Zimbabwe reminds us that ‘citizens have the right to know’

MISA Zimbabwe reminds us that ‘citizens have the right to know’

29 Sep 2017

MISA Zimbabwe joins the world in commemorating the International Day for Universal Access to Information (IDUAI) and urges the Zimbabwean government to fulfil its constitutional and regional obligations to foster the enjoyment of citizens’ right to access to information. This year’s theme is ‘Right to Information: Open and accountable government and the media’s role’, where: Open government builds community trust Government transparency strengthens community participation and our democracy...

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Citizens’ Analysis of Government Openness; MISA launches its 2017 Transparency Assessment

Citizens’ Analysis of Government Openness; MISA launches its 2017 Transparency Assessment

28 Sep 2017

In commemoration of the International Day of Universal Access to Information (IDUAI) on 28 September 2017, the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) launches its annual Transparency Assessment in eight southern African countries. Eight national MISA Chapters, together with local researchers, sought to determine the ease or difficulty with which citizens can access information held by public institutions in their respective countries. The Transparency Assessment...

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