Media Institute of Southern Africa


MISA Mozambique denounces attack on public sector reporting teams

MISA Mozambique denounces attack on public sector reporting teams

15 Aug 2016

MISA-Mozambique was extremely concerned when it became aware of the attack on vehicles of Mozambique Television (TVM) and of Radio Mozambique (RM), which took place on 12 August 2016, in the Chiwala region of Bárué district, Manica province, along National Highway No.7. According to various sources to which MISA-Mozambique has had access, the two vehicles were attacked by gunmen of the Mozambique Resistance Movement (Renamo). The vehicles were carrying...

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MISA ZIMBABWE WEIGHS IN ON CYBER TERRORISM DEBATE

MISA ZIMBABWE WEIGHS IN ON CYBER TERRORISM DEBATE

12 Aug 2016

The state media notably The Herald, The Sunday Mail and the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation having been reporting on warnings issued by government and senior security officials against cyber terrorism and terrorists. The state media has even gone to the extent of naming and exposing some of  the alleged ‘cyber terrorists’. This comes on the background of incessant protests in the country and increased utilisation and  access to social...

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Analysis of ConCourt Ruling on ZBC licences

Analysis of ConCourt Ruling on ZBC licences

05 Aug 2016

On 20 July 2016 the Zimbabwean Constitutional Court (ConCourt) clarified that it was mandatory for Zimbabweans in possession of a gadget capable of receiving broadcast services to pay Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) license fees. The ruling was made in a matter dating back to 2012 involving two applicants, Bernard Wekare and Musangano Lodge. Both applicants were facing criminal chargesunder the Broadcasting Services Act  (12:06) after...

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Lesotho Times journalist goes into exile

Lesotho Times journalist goes into exile

19 Jul 2016

Lesotho Times newspaper reporter Keiso Mohloboli fled Lesotho on July 18, 2016, to the neighbouring Republic of South Africa in fear of her life. Her departure follows the shooting of the newspaper’s editor Lloyd Mutangamiri on Saturday, July 9, 2016, at the gate at his lower Thamae residence in Maseru, the capital of Lesotho. Mutungamiri was on his way from work after working on the...

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MISA Zambia launches Early Warning Mechanism ahead of 2016 polls

MISA Zambia launches Early Warning Mechanism ahead of 2016 polls

14 Jul 2016

MISA Zambia has, in the wake of a dramatic increase in acts of violence against journalists and media houses, put in place an Early Warning Notification System (EWNS) as a systematic way of collecting information in good time to avert the increasing violations against media houses and journalists especially in the build up to the 2016 elections and thereafter. The system template aims to gather...

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Sky News crew deported from Zimbabwe

Sky News crew deported from Zimbabwe

14 Jul 2016

A Sky news crew was deported from Zimbabwe on July 14, 2016, allegedly for working without accreditation. The two, who include South African based correspondent, Alex Crawford and a cameraman were allegedly both travelling on British passports. They were allegedly raided at a Harare lodge on the night of Wednesday 13 July, 2016 and detained at the Harare Airport overnight before being deported this morning. More...

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MISA Zimbabwe denounces Government’s threats to regulate social media

MISA Zimbabwe denounces Government’s threats to regulate social media

12 Jul 2016

MISA-Zimbabwe notes with great concern escalating threats by government to “regulate” social media in a statement issued by the Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) and echoed by senior government officials. The vagueness of the warnings and threats on what constitutes ‘abuse’ of social media, pose serious ramifications on citizens’ enjoyment of constitutionally guaranteed rights. Equally hazy, and yet to be clarified is...

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Lesotho Times editor shot, relocated for medical attention; more media threats

Lesotho Times editor shot, relocated for medical attention; more media threats

12 Jul 2016

The Lesotho Times newspaper editor Lloyd Mutangamiri was shot on Saturday, July 9, at the gate of his lower Thamae residence in Maseru, the capital of Lesotho, just before midnight. Lloyd was returning from his office after completing the Sunday Express edition, a sister newspaper of Lesotho Times. Police confirmed that a single bullet was fired and that Mutangamiri suffered severe trauma, particularly to his...

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Lesotho Times editor faces defamation charges

Lesotho Times editor faces defamation charges

12 Jul 2016

The owner of the Lesotho Times Newspaper, Basildon Peta has been charged with defamation and crimen injura over a satirical column published in the newspaper on June 23, 2016. The column, called Scrutator narrated a story about the commander of the Lesotho Defense Force Lt. Gen Tlali Kamoli. The column headlined ‘Flicker of hope for my beloved Kingdom….’ was written in the wake of an...

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MISA Zimbabwe decries disabling of  WhatsApp platform in Zimbabwe

MISA Zimbabwe decries disabling of WhatsApp platform in Zimbabwe

06 Jul 2016

As MISA-Zimbabwe monitors the enjoyment of media freedom and freedom of expression during the ongoing protest dubbed ShutDown Zimbabwe, it is gravely concerned with the apparent disabling of the WhatsApp platform since the morning of 6 July 2016. The platform had become the main communication tool Zimbabweans were using to mobilise and share information on the protest. MISA-Zimbabwe condemns this brazen violation of citizens’ right to freely express themselves...

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