Media Institute of Southern Africa


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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MISA Zimbabwe partners with local community to undertake social audit

MISA Zimbabwe partners with local community to undertake social audit

24 Feb 2017

A social audit undertaken by the United Mutare Residents and Ratepayers Trust (UMRRT) launched recently in the eastern border town of Mutare blames ‘serious malpractices and corruption’ as the reason for deteriorating service delivery in the city. UMRRT partnered with MISA-Zimbabwe in the project which involved interviews with residents and information requests to determine the level of information sharing, openness, transparency, responsiveness and accountability, on...

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MISA Zambia welcomes Justice Minister’s pronouncement on ATI; calls for a roadmap for the process

MISA Zambia welcomes Justice Minister’s pronouncement on ATI; calls for a roadmap for the process

10 Feb 2017

MISA Zambia welcomes the pronouncement by Justice Minister Given Lubinda at the 2017 Universal Periodic Review that the Access to Information bill is ready and that government is working on systems that will readily avail the information to the public. The enactment of the ATI bill is long overdue as it has stalled since 2002 when it was presented to parliament, with successive governments-including the...

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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 further...

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MISA Malawi applauds Parliament for passing Access to Information Bill

MISA Malawi applauds Parliament for passing Access to Information Bill

16 Dec 2016

MISA Malawi applauds the National Assembly for passing the much-awaited Access to Information (ATI) Bill on Wednesday, December 14, 2016. We have confidence that President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika will assent to the bill and live up to his election campaign promise that the ATI Bill would be enacted once he is elected into office. The passing of the Bill is a huge step in...

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ATI & Human rights

African Platform highlights link between access to information and human rights

10 Dec 2016

On 10 December 2016, International Human Rights Day, the African Platform on Access to Information (APAI) Working Group recommits itself to advocating for access to information in all spheres of life as part of its continued efforts to promote and uphold human rights for all people. During the last 16 days of activism, the international community advocated for the abolition of all forms of violence...

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MISA Zimbabwe takes media research findings to rural communities

MISA Zimbabwe takes media research findings to rural communities

18 Nov 2016

MISA -Zimbabwe on November 18, 2016, simultaneously launched its African Media Barometer (Zimbabwe 2015) and 2016 Transparency Assessment research reports at Dema shopping centre in Seke during a ceremony attended by 82 people. Seke is a parliamentary constituency within the Seke District of the Mashonaland East Province of Zimbabwe. Findings for the African Media Barometer were delivered by Patience Zirima and Chris Musodza who were among...

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‘NO to closure of Facebook, Twitter or any other social media platform’ – MISA Lesotho

‘NO to closure of Facebook, Twitter or any other social media platform’ – MISA Lesotho

15 Nov 2016

MISA Lesotho has learned with great concern of the Lesotho Communications Authority (LCA) request to network operators; Vodacom Lesotho and Econet Telecom Lesotho to ‘provide a position on the possible temporary closure of Facebook and Twitter’. MISA Lesotho has also learned that LCA has acknowledged presenting such a request to the two (2) companies. While we have learned that there is no decision made regarding...

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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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