Media Institute of Southern Africa


Access to Information campaigners appeal against downgrading of World Bank’s FOI Programme

Access to Information campaigners appeal against downgrading of World Bank’s FOI Programme

The African Platform on Access to Information (APAI) Working Group and other civil society organisations working on freedom of information around the globe have written to World Bank President Jim Yong Kim to express their concern about reports that the World Bank has significantly downgraded its capacity to pursue a global right to information agenda. The APAI Working Group and its campaign partners have expressed fears that without access...

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AFEX Calls on Ugandan President to Safeguard Free Speech

AFEX Calls on Ugandan President to Safeguard Free Speech

The African Freedom of Expression Exchange (AFEX), a network of freedom of expression organizations on the continent, has petitioned Ugandan President, Yoweri Museveni, calling on him to make a commitment to protect and defend free speech in the face of the deteriorating freedom of expression situation and the abuse of freedom of assembly rights in Uganda. The petition was motivated by the recent wave of...

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MISA Angola appeals for increased monitoring, support for free expression in Angola

MISA Angola appeals for increased monitoring, support for free expression in Angola

(Portuguese) On May 15 2016, a General of the Angolan Armed Forces and head of the Military Intelligence and Security Service labelled Rafael Marques “the enemy of Angola” and made an ‘ominous’ call on his subordinates for what he termed as “treatment as such” against journalist and human rights defender Rafael Marques de Morais. [General] Zé Maria was speaking to a group of 100 officers,...

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ACHPR Chair urges Zim media to maintain pressure on implementation of IMPI recommendations

ACHPR Chair urges Zim media to maintain pressure on implementation of IMPI recommendations

The African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights’ (ACHPR)  chairperson Commissioner Pansy Tlakula on 19 May 2016 urged media organisations to push  for implementation of the government-sanctioned Information and Media Panel of Inquiry’s recommendations on media reforms. At a lunch meeting hosted by MISA-Zimbabwe in Harare at the end of her four-day advocacy visit in her capacity as the ACHPR’s Special Rapporteur on Freedom of...

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ZIMBABWEAN MEDIA GROUPS BRIEF ACHPR CHAIRPERSON ON MEDIA REFORMS

ZIMBABWEAN MEDIA GROUPS BRIEF ACHPR CHAIRPERSON ON MEDIA REFORMS

MISA- Zimbabwe on 16 May 2016 hosted a dinner for the Chairperson of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) Commissioner Pansy Tlakula in Harare during which she was briefed on developments pertaining to media reforms in Zimbabwe. During the meeting attended by media groups and human rights defenders, Commissioner Tlakula who is on a four- day advocacy visit in her capacity as...

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ACHPR Chairperson on mission to Zimbabwe

ACHPR Chairperson on mission to Zimbabwe

The Chairperson of the African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights (ACHPR) Advocacy Pansy Tlakula arrives in Harare on Monday, 16 May 2016 on a four-day working visit to Zimbabwe. Advocate Tlakula who will be in Harare in her capacity as the ACHPR’s Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information , kick starts her “advocacy visit” with a dinner on Monday hosted...

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MISA documentary highlights free expression struggles in southern Africa

MISA documentary highlights free expression struggles in southern Africa

Freedom of expression is one of the cornerstones of all democratic systems. Without it ideas about how to protect the common good in our societies would be impoverished. A marketplace of ideas is essential for democracy to thrive. It is for this reason that MISA attaches such importance to political discourse as well as to speech and other forms of expression that may shock and...

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#WHK25 –  HISTORY MADE IN NAMIBIA: THE WINDHOEK DECLARATION OF 1991

#WHK25 – HISTORY MADE IN NAMIBIA: THE WINDHOEK DECLARATION OF 1991

The principles of the Windhoek Declaration on an independent and pluralistic press are still relevant 25 years after they were adopted. As authorities in Africa continue to undermine media freedom, it’s important to outline steps to strengthen a free press for the coming years. Nobody arriving at the Safari Hotel in the Namibian capital, Windhoek, on 29 April 1991 – journalists all over Africa, UN...

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#WHK25:  A DECLARATION THAT STILL PACKS A PUNCH FOR A FREE PRESS

#WHK25: A DECLARATION THAT STILL PACKS A PUNCH FOR A FREE PRESS

All too often, declarations remain simply pieces of paper filed away and forgotten. But the Windhoek Declaration is different, and its impact is still being felt today. In 1991, the winds of change were blowing for a second time after the liberation from colonial rule as many countries in Africa embarked on a path toward more democracy. Until then, efforts at independent, professional journalism had...

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#WHK25: From resolutions to reality – Tlakula

#WHK25: From resolutions to reality – Tlakula

Rights such as freedom of expression and access to information are often associated with journalists, but they belong to everyone. It takes strong commitment to ensure they become reality, not just words on paper. 2016 is a significant year for Africa. It marks the 30th anniversary of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights and the 25th anniversary of the Windhoek Declaration on press...

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