Media Institute of Southern Africa


MISA condemns two-year prison sentence for Swazi editor and human rights lawyer; expresses grave concern for the state of free expression and media freedom in Swaziland

MISA condemns two-year prison sentence for Swazi editor and human rights lawyer; expresses grave concern for the state of free expression and media freedom in Swaziland

29 Jul 2014

The Regional Governing Council of the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) is outraged and deeply saddened by the unreasonable sentencing of editor of The Nation Bheki Makhubu and human rights lawyer Thulani Maseko to two years in prison, without the option of a fine, which was handed down by Judge Mpendulo Simelane in the Mbabane High Court in Swaziland last Friday, 25 July. The...

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MISA Zimbabwe: Adverse report on repealed statutory instrument withdrawn

22 Jul 2014

The Parliamentary Legal Portfolio Committee withdrew its adverse report in the National Assembly on 10th July 2014 following the repeal of the unconstitutional Statutory Instrument (SI) 142/2013 which dealt with establishment and access of telecommunications subscriber information. Section 13 of SI 95/2014 gazetted on 13 June 2014 annulled SI 142/2013 of the Postal and Telecommunications (Subscriber Registration) Regulations. Although the new regulations now in force under SI...

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20 Years after coup, media freedom in the Gambia remains in crisis

22 Jul 2014

Today marks the 20th anniversary of the bloodless coup, which instated Yahya Jammeh as President of the Gambia. Often referred to as Africa’s last dictatorship, the Gambia is one of the most repressive States on the continent. On this significant anniversary, the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) joins civil society organisations all over the world in urging President Yahya Jammeh to protect journalists, human...

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ACTION coalition – Namibia’s Anti-Terrorism Law: Rushed and ill-considered

ACTION coalition – Namibia’s Anti-Terrorism Law: Rushed and ill-considered

25 Jun 2014

Many countries around the world introduced new anti-terrorism legislation after the September 11 2001 terrorist attacks in the US and subsequent incidents around the world. It has become clear that no country is immune from the threat of terrorism and that the State, in fulfilling its duty to protect citizens, has a responsibility to introduce effective anti-terrorism laws. Namibia’s Prevention and Combating of Terrorist and...

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MISA Zambia says public sphere under threat

22 May 2014

The Media institute of Southern Africa (MISA) is concerned that the existence of a public sphere is under threat in Zambia because of some acts of intolerance by some stakeholders and continued existence of archaic laws that continue to be used to suppress press freedom and freedom of expression. The public sphere is a space where the citizens of a country can exchange ideas and...

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MISA Angola: World Press Freedom Day

02 May 2014

DECLARAÇÃO Recordando  Milocas Pereira Luanda, 3 Maio 14-O MISA-Angola celebra a passagem do dia mundial da Liberdade de Imprensa, tal como oportunamente referido no preâmbulo da Declaração publicada pela organização Regional esta é uma ocasião para reflectir sobre os principais acontecimentos que marcaram o “ano mediático” no país; Recentemente, foi no rescaldo do levantamento que fez  ao cumprimento das Metas do Milénio e olhando para...

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MISA Namibia and coalition of NGOs work with Namibian youth to tackle gender based violence

MISA Namibia and coalition of NGOs work with Namibian youth to tackle gender based violence

20 Mar 2014

Last year, MISA Namibia joined forces with like-minded Namibian NGOs to raise awareness about gender-based violence.  Here, MISA Namibia Director, Natasha Tibinyane, tells us about the activities the coalition conducted last year, what they have already done this year and other plans for 2014. Monday, 25 November 2013 marked the beginning of the annual international 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence Campaign in...

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MISA’s Women to Watch in 2014: Mwiza Zulu

19 Mar 2014

Mwiza is a television and radio presenter in Zambia and she has been chosen as one of MISA’s 2014 Women to Watch. Every year, on 8 March, people all around the world celebrate International Women’s Day.  To commemorate the day in 2014, we are unveiling MISA’s Women to Watch – 12 women from across southern Africa who are contributing to the achievement of media freedom...

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MISA counts down to World Press Freedom Day 2014

MISA counts down to World Press Freedom Day 2014

04 Mar 2014

Every year on 3 May, the international community commemorates World Press Freedom Day by celebrating the fundamental principles of press freedom. In only two months, 2014 has already become a year marked by issues of press freedom, freedom of expression and the safety of journalists. So the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) is starting the countdown now – urging people in southern Africa and...

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MISA reminds southern Africans that the right to freedom of expression belongs to everyone

14 Feb 2014

Today is Valentine’s Day and people across southern Africa and all around the world are saying ‘I love you’ with roses or chocolates or grand romantic gestures. But for some, expressing their love can be a dangerous and even life-threatening act. This is the case for many in southern Africa, where 12 out of the 15 member countries of the Southern African Development Community (SADC)...

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