Media Institute of Southern Africa


MISA Zambia condemns barring of some media houses from covering opening of parliament

MISA Zambia notes with sadness the sudden and retrogressive decision by the government to block some media houses from covering the opening of parliament on Friday 19 September 2014. We want to put it to the attention of the clerk of the National Assembly and her collaborators that parliament is not a private institution but a public institution which is composed or elected and not...

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MISA Botswana condemns arrest and detention of Sunday Standard Editor, Outsa Mokone

MISA Botswana was shocked to learn that Sunday Standard Editor, Mr Outsa Mokone, was arrested and detained by the Botswana Police Service on Monday 8 September 2014. The warrant of arrest relates to a possible charge of “seditious intention” contrary to section 50(1) as read with section 51(1) C of the Penal Code of Botswana. The Chief Magistrate for Gaborone Administrative District issued a warrant...

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MISA Annual General Meeting 2014: Statement on the State of Media Freedom and Freedom of Expression in Southern Africa

MISA Annual General Meeting 2014: Statement on the State of Media Freedom and Freedom of Expression in Southern Africa

Having gathered in Gaborone, Botswana on Friday, 29 August 2014, for its annual general meeting, the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) makes the following statement: The Regional Governing Council of MISAexpresses grave concern over the continued obstruction of media freedom and freedom of expression in the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) region, demonstrated by restrictive legislation and misuse of legislation like criminal defamation laws,...

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MISA calls for SADC governing heads to improve media freedom and access to information during 10th Civil Society Forum

MISA calls for SADC governing heads to improve media freedom and access to information during 10th Civil Society Forum

In July 2014, MISA successfully lobbied for the 10th Civil Society Forum to adopt a resolution calling on the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to improve freedom of expression, media freedom and access to information by: reviewing and reforming relevant protocols and instruments; increasing media diversity; increasing access to social and community media; and making it easier to disseminate information to communities in need. The...

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MISA Zimbabwe: The closure of SW Radio Africa

MISA-Zimbabwe bemoans the closure of the pioneer shortwave radio station, SW Radio Africa, after 13 years of affording Zimbabweans, particularly those residing in marginalised rural communities, access to diverse views and opinions. The station, which broadcast from London in the United Kingdom on the free –to –air channel, Channel Zim, ceased its broadcasts on 10 August 2014. The history and evolution of the Zimbabwean media...

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MISA Namibia and Civil Society call for public consultation on Third Constitution Amendment Bill

MISA Namibia and Civil Society call for public consultation on Third Constitution Amendment Bill

A coalition of civil society organisations yesterday united to launch a campaign calling for the withdrawal of the Third Constitution Amendment and demand wide public consultation on the proposed amendments in 2015. We further question the haste in which the bill was tabled and the secrecy that preceded the tabling of the bill, which contains over 40 changes. It is expected for the bill to...

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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

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

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

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

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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