Tag: access to information


Victory for access to information in South Africa

The Centre for Environmental Rights in South Africa used the Promotion of Access to Information Act 2000 (PAIA) to access important environmental records from ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA), necessary for the protection of the constitutional rights of a local community. The case demonstrates the importance of access to information legislation, and how access to information serves the public interests and can benefit citizens and communities....

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MISA welcomes UNHCR recommendation to Angola to amend and implement its national access to information law

MISA welcomes UNHCR recommendation to Angola to amend and implement its national access to information law

1 DECEMBER 2014, WINDHOEK, NAMIBIA – The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHCR), through a draft report from its Working Group on the Universal Periodic Review (UPR), has called on the government of the Republic of Angola to amend and strengthen the national access to information law to guarantee citizens’ right to access information freely. The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA), a member of...

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MISA Celebrates International Right to Information Day

MISA Celebrates International Right to Information Day

Every year on 28 September, the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) joins the international community in commemorating International Right to Information Day. This is an international day of activism to raise awareness about the importance of the right of access to information (ATI). The right to seek, access and receive information is a fundamental human right guaranteed by Article 19 of the Universal Declaration...

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MISA Zimbabwe Marks Right to Know Day

MISA Zimbabwe notes with great concern that as the world commemorates the Right to Know Day celebrated annually on 28 September, Zimbabwe is still to enact a democratic access to information law as demanded for under the new Constitution. This year’s event is being held under the theme: Easier Access. Better Decisions. Greater Accountability. This theme dovetails with MISA-Zimbabwe’s running theme for 2014: Right to...

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MISA Annual General Meeting 2014: Statement on the State of Media Freedom and Freedom of Expression in Southern Africa

MISA Annual General Meeting 2014: Statement on the State of Media Freedom and Freedom of Expression in Southern Africa

Having gathered in Gaborone, Botswana on Friday, 29 August 2014, for its annual general meeting, the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) makes the following statement: The Regional Governing Council of MISAexpresses grave concern over the continued obstruction of media freedom and freedom of expression in the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) region, demonstrated by restrictive legislation and misuse of legislation like criminal defamation laws,...

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MISA Zimbabwe: The closure of SW Radio Africa

MISA-Zimbabwe bemoans the closure of the pioneer shortwave radio station, SW Radio Africa, after 13 years of affording Zimbabweans, particularly those residing in marginalised rural communities, access to diverse views and opinions. The station, which broadcast from London in the United Kingdom on the free –to –air channel, Channel Zim, ceased its broadcasts on 10 August 2014. The history and evolution of the Zimbabwean media...

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MISA Namibia and Civil Society call for public consultation on Third Constitution Amendment Bill

MISA Namibia and Civil Society call for public consultation on Third Constitution Amendment Bill

A coalition of civil society organisations yesterday united to launch a campaign calling for the withdrawal of the Third Constitution Amendment and demand wide public consultation on the proposed amendments in 2015. We further question the haste in which the bill was tabled and the secrecy that preceded the tabling of the bill, which contains over 40 changes. It is expected for the bill to...

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MISA Zimbabwe: Adverse report on repealed statutory instrument withdrawn

The Parliamentary Legal Portfolio Committee withdrew its adverse report in the National Assembly on 10th July 2014 following the repeal of the unconstitutional Statutory Instrument (SI) 142/2013 which dealt with establishment and access of telecommunications subscriber information. Section 13 of SI 95/2014 gazetted on 13 June 2014 annulled SI 142/2013 of the Postal and Telecommunications (Subscriber Registration) Regulations. Although the new regulations now in force under SI...

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MISA Zambia says public sphere under threat

The Media institute of Southern Africa (MISA) is concerned that the existence of a public sphere is under threat in Zambia because of some acts of intolerance by some stakeholders and continued existence of archaic laws that continue to be used to suppress press freedom and freedom of expression. The public sphere is a space where the citizens of a country can exchange ideas and...

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MISA Angola: World Press Freedom Day

DECLARAÇÃO Recordando  Milocas Pereira Luanda, 3 Maio 14-O MISA-Angola celebra a passagem do dia mundial da Liberdade de Imprensa, tal como oportunamente referido no preâmbulo da Declaração publicada pela organização Regional esta é uma ocasião para reflectir sobre os principais acontecimentos que marcaram o “ano mediático” no país; Recentemente, foi no rescaldo do levantamento que fez  ao cumprimento das Metas do Milénio e olhando para...

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