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Zambia threatens media with statutory regulation

Zambia threatens media with statutory regulation

Zambia’s Chief Government Spokesperson, Chishimba Kambwili has threatened state regulation of the media citing what he termed as ‘failure by the print media to regulate itself’ leaving government with no option but to step in. Speaking at a press briefing on April 6, 2016, Kambwili who is also the minister of information stated that some media houses were allegedly receiving payments from politicians to provide...

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MISA applauds investigative journalists, whistleblowers on ‘Panama Papers’ exposé

MISA applauds investigative journalists, whistleblowers on ‘Panama Papers’ exposé

The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) applauds the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) who coordinated the efforts of hundreds of journalists and news agencies from around in an investigation that has culminated in the release of the ‘Panama Papers – Politicians, Criminals and the Rogue Industry that Hides Their Cash’. The investigation lifts the lid on how offshore companies are used by the...

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Basotho march for media freedom

Basotho march for media freedom

“#HANDSOFFMEDIA” a historical march to the rescue of media freedom in Lesotho was staged by Concerned Citizens of Lesotho, a group led by one Pali Masenkane. Presenting the petition to the Minister of Communications, Science and Technology Khotso Letsatsi together with the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office, Kimetso Mathaba, the petitioners gave a 14 days ultimatum to the Government of Lesotho to respond to...

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AU hails scrapping of criminal defamation in Zimbabwe

AU hails scrapping of criminal defamation in Zimbabwe

The Chairperson of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights Advocate Pansy Tlakula has commended the Zimbabwean government for scrapping criminal defamation from its statutes following a successful constitutional court application by MISA-Zimbabwe. According to The Herald’s edition of 16 March 2016, Advocate Tlakula wrote to the Minister of Information, Media and Broadcasting Services Christopher Mushowe, commending the government for doing away with the...

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MISA Zambia condemn police for interfering with operations of radio stations

MISA Zambia condemn police for interfering with operations of radio stations

MISA Zambia has condemned the police command in Eastern Province for interfering with the operations of radio stations in the province by directing them to seek police clearance whenever they intend to host high profile guests on radio. MISA has obtained a letter in which the order was made by Eastern Province Police Commissioner, Alex Chilufya, to various radio stations in Chipata. We wish to...

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ATI advocates celebrate Cabinet approval of Malawi’s draft ATI Bill

ATI advocates celebrate Cabinet approval of Malawi’s draft ATI Bill

A coalition of access to information advocates have lauded Cabinet for approving Malawi’s draft Access to Information Bill. The coalition comprising MISA Malawi, the Journalists Union of Malawi (JUMA), Citizens for Justice (CFJ) and the Open Democracy Advice Centre (ODAC) made the following statement at a press conference on February 19, 2016. Ends/ …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… MISA is a regional non-governmental organisation with members in 11 of...

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MISA Malawi, MCM appeal to Government to review its position on ATI and MPs to reject current version of Bill

MISA Malawi, MCM appeal to Government to review its position on ATI and MPs to reject current version of Bill

MISA Malawi and the Media Council of Malawi (MCM) would like to appeal to government to review its position on the just-gazetted Access to Information (ATI) Bill which, in its current form, undermines rather than promotes the right to information as provided for in Section 37 of the Malawi Constitution. MISA-Malawi and the MCM observe that the ATI Bill gazetted by the government on February...

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FACE OFF: Preaching pragmatics versus clamping down

FACE OFF: Preaching pragmatics versus clamping down

The new face of Tanzania, President John Pombe Magufuli, is taking the continent by storm. He’s won the hearts of many for his efforts to clamp down on excessive government spending. However, a closer look reveals a sinister campaign against the media and freedom of expression. President Magufuli’s entry onto the political scene was as a fairly unknown player yet in a short time the...

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MISA Malawi commends Malawi Cabinet for approving the ATI Bill

MISA Malawi commends Malawi Cabinet for approving the ATI Bill

The Malawi Chapter of the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA-Malawi) has commended government for approving the draft Access to Information Bill. The approval paves the way for the Bill to be tabled in Parliament, which starts sitting Monday, February 22, 2016. Cabinet approved the Bill during a Cabinet meeting Friday, February 12, 2016 almost two months after sending it back to Cabinet Committee on...

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Human rights violations worsen ahead of Ugandan General Elections

Human rights violations worsen ahead of Ugandan General Elections

The African Freedom of Expression Exchange (AFEX) is alarmed at the deteriorating human rights situation in Uganda ahead of the country’s 2016 polls. AFEX has noted with dismay the increased hostility of state officials and security agents in Uganda towards the media and opposition elements in the run-up to the February 18, 2016 general elections. From October 2015 to date, more than 15 journalists have...

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