Media Institute of Southern Africa


Lesotho Times editor shot, relocated for medical attention; more media threats

Lesotho Times editor shot, relocated for medical attention; more media threats

12 Jul 2016

The Lesotho Times newspaper editor Lloyd Mutangamiri was shot on Saturday, July 9, at the gate of his lower Thamae residence in Maseru, the capital of Lesotho, just before midnight. Lloyd was returning from his office after completing the Sunday Express edition, a sister newspaper of Lesotho Times. Police confirmed that a single bullet was fired and that Mutangamiri suffered severe trauma, particularly to his...

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Lesotho Times editor faces defamation charges

Lesotho Times editor faces defamation charges

12 Jul 2016

The owner of the Lesotho Times Newspaper, Basildon Peta has been charged with defamation and crimen injura over a satirical column published in the newspaper on June 23, 2016. The column, called Scrutator narrated a story about the commander of the Lesotho Defense Force Lt. Gen Tlali Kamoli. The column headlined ‘Flicker of hope for my beloved Kingdom….’ was written in the wake of an...

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MISA Zimbabwe decries disabling of  WhatsApp platform in Zimbabwe

MISA Zimbabwe decries disabling of WhatsApp platform in Zimbabwe

06 Jul 2016

As MISA-Zimbabwe monitors the enjoyment of media freedom and freedom of expression during the ongoing protest dubbed ShutDown Zimbabwe, it is gravely concerned with the apparent disabling of the WhatsApp platform since the morning of 6 July 2016. The platform had become the main communication tool Zimbabweans were using to mobilise and share information on the protest. MISA-Zimbabwe condemns this brazen violation of citizens’ right to freely express themselves...

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MISA Zambia demands the immediate and unconditional release of M’membe, wife and Post Editor Joseph Mwenda

MISA Zambia demands the immediate and unconditional release of M’membe, wife and Post Editor Joseph Mwenda

28 Jun 2016

MISA Zambia is alarmed by the arrest of Post newspaper Editor-in-Chief, Fred M’membe, his wife Mutinta and Post Deputy Managing Editor, Joseph Mwenda for attempting to access their office premises following an ex-parté order staying execution of the Zambia Revenue Authority’s warrant of distress issued on June 21st, 2016. The arrest is proof that the action by the state is politically motivated and only aimed...

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Police Arrest Post Newspaper Editor in Chief and two others; newspaper remains closed

Police Arrest Post Newspaper Editor in Chief and two others; newspaper remains closed

28 Jun 2016

Police have arrested Post Editor-in-Chief Fred M’membe, his wife Mutinta and Deputy-Managing Editor Joseph Mwenda as they attempted to access the newspaper’s offices following an ex-parte order which Police disregarded saying it was not signed by the Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA). The order, issued by the Revenue Appeals Tribunal stayed the execution of a warrant of distress issued by the revenue authority on Tuesday, 21st...

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MISA ZAMBIA SADDENED BY ZRA CLOSURE OF THE POST NEWSPAPER

MISA ZAMBIA SADDENED BY ZRA CLOSURE OF THE POST NEWSPAPER

23 Jun 2016

MISA Zambia is concerned with the closure of The Post Newspaper by the Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) as the action is an assault to democracy and against media freedom. The Zambia Revenue Authority on Tuesday 21st June, 2016 closed The Post Newspaper Limited, demanding that the company pays a total of K68 million (US$6.1 million) disputed tax arrears immediately. Closing the Post will not punish...

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AFEX Demands Immediate Release of Detained Sudanese Students

AFEX Demands Immediate Release of Detained Sudanese Students

23 Jun 2016

The African Freedom of Expression Exchange (AFEX) demands Sudan’s National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) to immediately release the eight students who have been detained incommunicado without charges. On May 3, 2016, 17 students were expelled from the University of Khartoum following a protest held on April 27, 2016 on the university campus. Two students were reportedly shot dead by agents of the NISS during...

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Zambia’s The Post newspaper shut down ahead of elections

Zambia’s The Post newspaper shut down ahead of elections

22 Jun 2016

The Zambia Revenue Authority on Tuesday, June 21, 2016, raided The Post newspaper and reportedly seized property at the newspaper’s printing plant bringing the paper’s operations to a halt.  This was confirmed by the managing editor Joseph Mwenda. He called the move an attempt to silence the newspaper ahead of August elections. Police and tax officials physically closed the Post newspaper’s offices in Lusaka late...

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ZAMBIA: VICTORY FOR THE POST CORRESPONDENT, FELL FREE RADIO

ZAMBIA: VICTORY FOR THE POST CORRESPONDENT, FELL FREE RADIO

22 Jun 2016

The Vubwi magistrate’s court has found PF Vubwi district Chairperson Micheal Tembo guilty of assaulting Chipata-based Post Newspaper correspondent Peter Sukwa and his Fell Free Radio counterpart Kelvin Phiri. Passing judgement in Chipata on June 20, 2016, Magistrate Moses Phiri fined Tembo K 12, 000 or in default serve nine months sentence. The magistrate gave Tembo only yesterday (Monday) to pay the fine or to...

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Patriotic Front Cadres attack Zambia’s Petauke Explorers Radio

Patriotic Front Cadres attack Zambia’s Petauke Explorers Radio

22 Jun 2016

A group of suspected ruling Patriotic Front cadres on June 13, 2016, allegedly harassed and beat up Petauke Explorers Radio security officer Joseph Nyumayo and threatened to close the station. The cadres (leader’s name withheld) stormed the radio station around 16h30 on Monday and allegedly harassed and beat up Joseph Nyamuyo a Security officer for refusing them entry into the studio to fish out Petauke Central independent...

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