Media Institute of Southern Africa


MISA Zambia reports reflect on press freedom challenges, victories in 2016/17

MISA Zambia reports reflect on press freedom challenges, victories in 2016/17

19 Jun 2017

The year 2016 was momentous for Zambia as it was the first general election in which Zambians voted in five separate ballots: For the election of the President, the 156-member National Assembly, for over 1,600 Local Government Councils, and for the first time, directly elected Mayors and Council Chairs. A referendum was held alongside the general elections on the 11th August 2016 for Zambian citizens...

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Media reforms in Zimbabwe long overdue, urges MISA Zimbabwe

Media reforms in Zimbabwe long overdue, urges MISA Zimbabwe

06 Jun 2017

As Zimbabwe gets into the 2018 elections campaign mode the government should speedily implement long overdue media reforms to entrench constitutional democracy. This is critical as elections define democracy while the media enlightens and sustains it. The media should thus be allowed to conduct its lawful professional duties in an atmosphere free of threats, intimidation and harassment. The safety and security of journalists should therefore...

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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

24 May 2017

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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Digital rights on the agenda; promotion of digital rights should increase access to the Internet for Zimbabweans

Digital rights on the agenda; promotion of digital rights should increase access to the Internet for Zimbabweans

18 May 2017

MISA Zimbabwe commemorated the 2017 World Press Freedom Day (WPFD) on 2 May 2017 at the Holiday Inn, in Harare. The breakfast meeting, which was attended by 80 stakeholders, reinforced the need to ensure that digital rights are promoted and sufficiently protected in line with the constitution. This follows government’s plans to enact cyber laws supposedly to curb cyber crimes. Representing the ministry of Information...

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MISA celebrates World Press Freedom Day 2017

03 May 2017

On the occasion of World Press Freedom Day 2017, the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA), pays tribute to both the Government of Swaziland and the African Union Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information, Pansy Tlakula for their interaction last year on issues of media freedom, access to information and freedom of expression. The subsequent and noticeable thawing of relations was...

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Study reveals ethical violations in Mozambique print media

Study reveals ethical violations in Mozambique print media

21 Apr 2017

A study produced by the MISA Moçambique in collaboration with the Center for Interdisciplinary Communications Studies (CEC) and the National Union of Journalists (SNJ) reveals that in 2016 there were several violations of ethics in the Mozambican print media, as well as several incidents of plagiarism. The report was launched on Wednesday, April 19, 2017. The study (available here)  comprised an analysis of the content of nine national newspapers,...

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AFEX petitions AU Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression on Cameroon crisis

AFEX petitions AU Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression on Cameroon crisis

21 Apr 2017

The African Freedom of Expression Exchange (AFEX), on April 13, 2017 petitioned the African Union (AU) Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information, Ms. Faith Pansy Tlakula, to intervene in the deteriorating freedom of expression and human rights situation in the two Anglophone regions of Cameroon. Since January 17, 2017, the people of North-west and South-west regions of Cameroon have been denied internet...

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MISA Tanzania Governing Council elects Salome Kitomari as Interim Board Chairperson

MISA Tanzania Governing Council elects Salome Kitomari as Interim Board Chairperson

12 Apr 2017

The National Governing Council (NGC) of the MISA Tanzania (MISA TAN) Chapter has appointed Ms. Salome Kitomari as its Interim Chairperson. The decision was reached at a Board meeting held at the MISA TAN office on  March 18, 2017, following the vacancy left by Simon Berege, who retired after Presidential appointment to serve as the District Executive Director (DED) in 2016. Ms. Kitomari is the...

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MISA Zimbabwe responds to ICT Minister’s concerns about media reportage

MISA Zimbabwe responds to ICT Minister’s concerns about media reportage

02 Apr 2017

On 24 March 2017 the Minister of Media, Information and Broadcasting Services Dr Christopher Mushohwe met with editors to ‘discuss’ the media’s reportage of political events unraveling in the country. While the minister, as is the case with every other citizen, is entitled to his opinions pertaining to the coverage of events, he should not seek to dictate to the media on what it should...

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MISA Zimbabwe Annual Report highlights pitfalls in freedom of expression and access to information in Zimbabwe

MISA Zimbabwe Annual Report highlights pitfalls in freedom of expression and access to information in Zimbabwe

31 Mar 2017

The MISA Zimbabwe 2016 Annual report is a catalogue of MISA-Zimbabwe’s footprints on the organisation’s strategic interventions towards realisation of its vision of a Zimbabwe in which every person enjoys their rights to freedom of expression, access to information and privacy of communication as well as access to all forms of media that are independent from undue political, economic and commercial interests, coming to fruition....

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