Media Institute of Southern Africa


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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MISA Zambia launches Early Warning Mechanism ahead of 2016 polls

MISA Zambia launches Early Warning Mechanism ahead of 2016 polls

MISA Zambia has, in the wake of a dramatic increase in acts of violence against journalists and media houses, put in place an Early Warning Notification System (EWNS) as a systematic way of collecting information in good time to avert the increasing violations against media houses and journalists especially in the build up to the 2016 elections and thereafter. The system template aims to gather...

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Sky News crew deported from Zimbabwe

Sky News crew deported from Zimbabwe

A Sky news crew was deported from Zimbabwe on July 14, 2016, allegedly for working without accreditation. The two, who include South African based correspondent, Alex Crawford and a cameraman were allegedly both travelling on British passports. They were allegedly raided at a Harare lodge on the night of Wednesday 13 July, 2016 and detained at the Harare Airport overnight before being deported this morning. More...

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MISA Zimbabwe denounces Government’s threats to regulate social media

MISA Zimbabwe denounces Government’s threats to regulate social media

MISA-Zimbabwe notes with great concern escalating threats by government to “regulate” social media in a statement issued by the Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) and echoed by senior government officials. The vagueness of the warnings and threats on what constitutes ‘abuse’ of social media, pose serious ramifications on citizens’ enjoyment of constitutionally guaranteed rights. Equally hazy, and yet to be clarified is...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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