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MOZAMBIQUE: JOURNALISTS AND JUDICIARY UNITED AGAINST PRESS FREEDOM AND FREE EXPRESSION ABUSES

MOZAMBIQUE: JOURNALISTS AND JUDICIARY UNITED AGAINST PRESS FREEDOM AND FREE EXPRESSION ABUSES

* See below for Portuguese translation MAPUTO, November 2, 2016: Journalists and members of the judiciary are defending the need to promote press freedom and free expression as pillars of democracy. The remarks were made during a conference commemorating the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists, held on 2 November. The Chairperson of the Bar Association of Mozambique, Flávio Lopes Menete noted...

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Zambian media survives turbulent third quarter – MISA Zambia Third Quarter Report

Zambian media survives turbulent third quarter – MISA Zambia Third Quarter Report

In its report on the state of the media in Zambia, MISA Zambia has noted with concern that the third quarter of 2016 (July to September 2016) has been a particularly turbulent period for the media in Zambia in terms of state interference and outright violations against the media’s independence and freedom to conduct itself in a safe and conducive environment. “This is due to...

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Farewell Jeanette Minnie … the Zambezi FoX is no more

Farewell Jeanette Minnie … the Zambezi FoX is no more

It is with great sorrow that the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) learned of the passing on November 2, 2016, of Jeanette Minnie. She died at the age of 61, after a bitter battle with cancer. Jeanette will be remembered with great fondness and respect by all who met her and interacted with her.  In her work, she was respected for her incisive and...

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MISA Zimbabwe launches media freedom monitoring report

MISA Zimbabwe launches media freedom monitoring report

MISA Zimbabwe has released its media freedom monitoring report for the period May to September 2016 (five months). In this report MISA Zimbabwe expresses concern about Police actions which it deems as having had a negative impact on citizens’ right to freedom of expression, association and peaceful demonstrations as well as media rights as provided for in the constitution.   This is in reference to police-imposed bans...

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African Platform celebrates first INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR UNIVERSAL ACCESS TO INFORMATION

African Platform celebrates first INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR UNIVERSAL ACCESS TO INFORMATION

Statement by African Platform on Access to Information Working Group Congratulations on the first official INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR UNIVERSAL ACCESS TO INFORMATION The African Platform on Access to Information (APAI) Working Group would like to officially thank all government partners, civil society members, and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) for making this momentous occasion possible.This day was celebrated for over a...

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MISA launches 2016 Transparency Report

MISA launches 2016 Transparency Report

A Citizen’s View on Government Openness: MISA launches its 2016 Transparency Assessment On 28 September, in commemoration of the first International Day of Universal Access to Information (IDUAI) since UNESCO’s official declaration of the day, the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) will launch its annual Transparency Assessment. The publication seeks to establish the ease or difficulty with which citizens in southern Africa can access public...

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MISA Mozambique denounces attack on public sector reporting teams

MISA Mozambique denounces attack on public sector reporting teams

MISA-Mozambique was extremely concerned when it became aware of the attack on vehicles of Mozambique Television (TVM) and of Radio Mozambique (RM), which took place on 12 August 2016, in the Chiwala region of Bárué district, Manica province, along National Highway No.7. According to various sources to which MISA-Mozambique has had access, the two vehicles were attacked by gunmen of the Mozambique Resistance Movement (Renamo). The vehicles were carrying...

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MISA ZIMBABWE WEIGHS IN ON CYBER TERRORISM DEBATE

MISA ZIMBABWE WEIGHS IN ON CYBER TERRORISM DEBATE

The state media notably The Herald, The Sunday Mail and the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation having been reporting on warnings issued by government and senior security officials against cyber terrorism and terrorists. The state media has even gone to the extent of naming and exposing some of  the alleged ‘cyber terrorists’. This comes on the background of incessant protests in the country and increased utilisation and  access to social...

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Analysis of ConCourt Ruling on ZBC licences

Analysis of ConCourt Ruling on ZBC licences

On 20 July 2016 the Zimbabwean Constitutional Court (ConCourt) clarified that it was mandatory for Zimbabweans in possession of a gadget capable of receiving broadcast services to pay Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) license fees. The ruling was made in a matter dating back to 2012 involving two applicants, Bernard Wekare and Musangano Lodge. Both applicants were facing criminal chargesunder the Broadcasting Services Act  (12:06) after...

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Lesotho Times journalist goes into exile

Lesotho Times journalist goes into exile

Lesotho Times newspaper reporter Keiso Mohloboli fled Lesotho on July 18, 2016, to the neighbouring Republic of South Africa in fear of her life. Her departure follows the shooting of the newspaper’s editor Lloyd Mutangamiri on Saturday, July 9, 2016, at the gate at his lower Thamae residence in Maseru, the capital of Lesotho. Mutungamiri was on his way from work after working on the...

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