Media Institute of Southern Africa


MISA Zimbabwe Annual Report highlights pitfalls in freedom of expression and access to information in Zimbabwe

MISA Zimbabwe Annual Report highlights pitfalls in freedom of expression and access to information in Zimbabwe

The MISA Zimbabwe 2016 Annual report is a catalogue of MISA-Zimbabwe’s footprints on the organisation’s strategic interventions towards realisation of its vision of a Zimbabwe in which every person enjoys their rights to freedom of expression, access to information and privacy of communication as well as access to all forms of media that are independent from undue political, economic and commercial interests, coming to fruition....

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MISA Zambia launches 2017 Media Awards

MISA Zambia launches 2017 Media Awards

The MISA Zambia Media Awards are an annual event which honour journalists, individuals and institutions that have made a significant contribution towards the advancement of media freedom and access to information in Zambia. The awards were established in 2002 to honour people and organisations that have made a mark in ensuring that the country’s democracy grows through entrenchment of values of freedom of expression and...

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MISA Zambia condemns UPND attack on journalists; calls for unity among journalists

MISA Zambia condemns UPND attack on journalists; calls for unity among journalists

PRESS STATEMENT: MISA Zambia has received disturbing reports of a violent attack on journalists by unruly UPND (United Party for National Development) cadres at the party’s press briefing at its secretariat. As an institution that stands for freedom of expression and media freedom, we strongly condemn the attack on the journalists, among them one Silumesi Malumo of Radio Phoenix and Priscilla Banda of Millennium radio. It is unfortunate...

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MISA Zambia condemns seizure of Mast Newspaper equipment, raid on M’membe’s residence

MISA Zambia condemns seizure of Mast Newspaper equipment, raid on M’membe’s residence

MISA Zambia condemns, in the strongest terms, the action by the state and police actions to suppress the Mast Newspaper in addition to the earlier harassment and assault of Mutinta Mazoka-M’membe during an attempted search in the absence of her husband five days ago. We are concerned that the state fight is no longer about the closure of the Post Newspaper instigated by the government and...

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MISA Zimbabwe partners with local community to undertake social audit

MISA Zimbabwe partners with local community to undertake social audit

A social audit undertaken by the United Mutare Residents and Ratepayers Trust (UMRRT) launched recently in the eastern border town of Mutare blames ‘serious malpractices and corruption’ as the reason for deteriorating service delivery in the city. UMRRT partnered with MISA-Zimbabwe in the project which involved interviews with residents and information requests to determine the level of information sharing, openness, transparency, responsiveness and accountability, on...

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MISA Zambia welcomes Justice Minister’s pronouncement on ATI; calls for a roadmap for the process

MISA Zambia welcomes Justice Minister’s pronouncement on ATI; calls for a roadmap for the process

MISA Zambia welcomes the pronouncement by Justice Minister Given Lubinda at the 2017 Universal Periodic Review that the Access to Information bill is ready and that government is working on systems that will readily avail the information to the public. The enactment of the ATI bill is long overdue as it has stalled since 2002 when it was presented to parliament, with successive governments-including the...

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LESOTHO: Government closes two radio stations ahead of global World Radio Day celebrations

LESOTHO: Government closes two radio stations ahead of global World Radio Day celebrations

Three days ahead of the commemoration of the World Radio Day on 13 February 2017, the government of Lesotho has cut the broadcasting signals of two local radio stations, Ts’enolo FM (104.6MHZ) and People’s Choice FM (95.6 MHZ) on Thursday, 9 February 2017. According to the Principal Secretary (PS) of the Minister of Communications, Science and Technology, Ts’eliso Khomari, the radio stations were cut off for allegedly airing defamatory content about the country’s Prime Minister...

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MISA Malawi calls for reopening of Times Group; amicable resolution to tax matter

MISA Malawi calls for reopening of Times Group; amicable resolution to tax matter

MISA Malawi is disturbed by news of the closure this morning of Blantyre Printing and Publishing Company (Times Group) offices by the Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) over unpaid taxes. While MISA Malawi does not condone default on taxes, we strongly believe that the closure of Times Group is ill-timed and can easily be construed as an attempt by government to stop the media house from...

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MISA Malawi applauds Parliament for passing Access to Information Bill

MISA Malawi applauds Parliament for passing Access to Information Bill

MISA Malawi applauds the National Assembly for passing the much-awaited Access to Information (ATI) Bill on Wednesday, December 14, 2016. We have confidence that President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika will assent to the bill and live up to his election campaign promise that the ATI Bill would be enacted once he is elected into office. The passing of the Bill is a huge step in...

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ATI & Human rights

African Platform highlights link between access to information and human rights

On 10 December 2016, International Human Rights Day, the African Platform on Access to Information (APAI) Working Group recommits itself to advocating for access to information in all spheres of life as part of its continued efforts to promote and uphold human rights for all people. During the last 16 days of activism, the international community advocated for the abolition of all forms of violence...

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