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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

18 Feb 2016

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

18 Feb 2016

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

17 Feb 2016

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

17 Feb 2016

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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Malawi’s Parliamentary Committee pledges support for ATI Bill

Malawi’s Parliamentary Committee pledges support for ATI Bill

17 Feb 2016

The Media and Communications Committee of Parliament has promised to support the draft Access to Information (ATI) Bill once tabled in the House. The Deputy Chairperson of the Committee Honorable Godfrey Munkhondya made the commitment during a press conference organized by MISA Malawi and its partners in Lilongwe today. “As a Committee we are happy that the Bill has been adopted by Cabinet. Our fight...

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Free expression, media should trump political interests during Ugandan elections – MISA

Free expression, media should trump political interests during Ugandan elections – MISA

17 Feb 2016

The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) reiterates the crucial role played by the media during elections in keeping the public informed, providing voters with relevant information and ensuring transparent and fair elections. In outlining this role, MISA joins regional and international organisations in strongly condemning the brutal and crippling actions being taken by the Ugandan authorities against the media in the run-up to this...

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MISA Malawi commends Cabinet for approving ATI Bill

MISA Malawi commends Cabinet for approving ATI Bill

12 Feb 2016

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 Legal and Constitutional Affairs for review. Cabinet had claimed...

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MISA celebrates World Radio Day, 2016

MISA celebrates World Radio Day, 2016

12 Feb 2016

The Media Institute of Southern Africa joins the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the world in marking the fifth annual World Radio on February 13, 2016. This year’s theme for World Radio Day – “The Role of the Radio in Humanitarian Emergency and Disaster Situations” emphasises the essential role this medium plays during a critical period. “Communication and communication technology are...

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ANALYSIS: Facts and implications of Zim ruling on criminal defamation

ANALYSIS: Facts and implications of Zim ruling on criminal defamation

05 Feb 2016

The landmark ruling delivered by the Zimbabwean Constitutional Court to outlaw criminal defamation is progressive and as lawyer Proceed Manatsapoints out in his analysis: “The ruling marks the dawn of a new era for Zimbabwean media practitioners and is a great leap forward toward the alignment of the domestic legal order with international benchmarks on media freedom and freedom of expression.” His observation is in...

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ZIMBABWE: Government concedes AIPPA and BSA must fall

ZIMBABWE: Government concedes AIPPA and BSA must fall

01 Feb 2016

The Zimbabwean government has conceded that the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (AIPPA) and Broadcasting Services Act (BSA) should be replaced as they are not in sync with the new constitutional dispensation. Appearing before the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Media, Information and Broadcasting Services in Harare on 18 February 2016, the Permanent Secretary for  Information, Media and Broadcasting Services, George Charamba, said...

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