Media Institute of Southern Africa


Botswana: Newspaper website hacked again, and deleted

A website belonging to the only private daily newspaper in Botswana, Mmegi, was hacked on 22 January 2015 and deleted by unknown culprits. The newspaper realised their website had been deleted around 10am in the morning. Tlhalefang Charles, a reporter and new-media coordinator at Mmegi, told MISA Botswana that they suspect hackers want to intimidate and delay their business. “Even though it is not clear...

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Media freedom essential during upcoming 2015 African elections

As Zambia, Lesotho and Tanzania go to the polls in 2015, the media have a key role to play in ensuring fair and transparent elections with informed voters. It is well established that freedom of expression and political debate is fundamental to free, fair and genuinely democratic elections. In order to play their role, the media need both access to information and the freedom to...

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Opinion: Zambian elections fail to focus on children’s issues

By Mwiza Zulu Due to the death of the 5th Zambian President, Mr Michael Sata, in October last year, Zambians on 20 January 2014 went to the polls to elect a new President. The period between November 2014 and January 2015 was the campaign period during which aspiring presidential candidates told citizens of the country what they have to offer. It is however sad to...

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MISA Malawi Statement: Re-deployment of MBC Director General

The Media Institute of Southern Africa – Malawi Chapter (MISA Malawi) has learned with disappointment of the re-deployment of Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) Director General, Dr. Benson Tembo, to the Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA) where he has been earmarked for a subordinate position of Technical Advisor. Firstly, MISA Malawi is surprised that such a decision concerning an employee of MBC has been made by...

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Victory for access to information in South Africa

The Centre for Environmental Rights in South Africa used the Promotion of Access to Information Act 2000 (PAIA) to access important environmental records from ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA), necessary for the protection of the constitutional rights of a local community. The case demonstrates the importance of access to information legislation, and how access to information serves the public interests and can benefit citizens and communities....

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MISA Botswana statement on advertising bans

The media industry is gravely disturbed and perturbed by recent media reports that the Botswana Government is planning to use advertising as a weapon against the private media. The Guardian-Sun case of 2001 against the Attorney General clearly showed the unconstitutionality of government using advertising as a weapon against freedom of expression. The court found on the facts that the applicant had established a prima...

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MISA Zambia Statement: Stop beating journalists and acts of censorship

The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) Zambia is calling on all political parties not to beat journalists and refrain from acts of censorship because an independent media is key to free and fair elections. In order for citizens to make an informed decision, they need information and therefore, elections are highly dependent on the free flow of information, something which the media in Zambia...

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MISA Zambia Statement: High Court Rules Seditious Intent Unconstitutional

The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) Zambia is happy that the High Court of Zambia has found section 67 of the Penal Code to be unconstitutional as it contravenes Article 20(3) of the Zambian Constitution. The High Court of Zambia has found that Section 67 does not pass the test of being reasonably justified in a democratic society. Section 67 of the Penal Code...

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MISA welcomes UNHCR recommendation to Angola to amend and implement its national access to information law

MISA welcomes UNHCR recommendation to Angola to amend and implement its national access to information law

1 DECEMBER 2014, WINDHOEK, NAMIBIA – The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHCR), through a draft report from its Working Group on the Universal Periodic Review (UPR), has called on the government of the Republic of Angola to amend and strengthen the national access to information law to guarantee citizens’ right to access information freely. The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA), a member of...

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MISA Zambia Statement on invasion of ZNBC

We note with grief the invasion of ZNBC studios by Sports minister Chishimba Kambwili and Information Permanent Secretary Chanda Kasolo, together with other PF leaders, as confirmed by ZNBC Board Chairperson Dr. John Mulwila. We are now 55 days away from the Presidential election and Mr. Kambwili is one of the aspirants seeking nomination to stand as PF president. However, his act is very disappointing...

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