Tag: access to information


MISA Zimbabwe partners with local community to undertake social audit

MISA Zimbabwe partners with local community to undertake social audit

24 Feb 2017

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

10 Feb 2017

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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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

13 Jan 2017

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

16 Dec 2016

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

10 Dec 2016

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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MISA bemoans Cabinet decision to prioritise distribution of info, advertising to state-owned media

MISA bemoans Cabinet decision to prioritise distribution of info, advertising to state-owned media

08 Nov 2016

MISA Namibia is concerned about a recent Cabinet resolution (16th/20.09.16/007) that all government offices, agencies and ministries, including regional and local authorities, must prioritise the dissemination of information and advertisement through New Era Publication Corporation and the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC). This Cabinet resolution is problematic because it limits access to important public information for those citizens who do not regularly access New Era and the NBC....

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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

28 Sep 2016

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

28 Sep 2016

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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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

07 Jun 2016

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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#WHK25: From resolutions to reality – Tlakula

#WHK25: From resolutions to reality – Tlakula

05 May 2016

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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