Tag: Free expression online


Note to new cybersecurity minister … ‘it’s about trust and respect for rights’

Note to new cybersecurity minister … ‘it’s about trust and respect for rights’

10 Oct 2017

MISA Zimbabwe notes with concern the creation of a new ministry of Cybersecurity, Threat Detection and Mitigation in the ministerial reassignments and appointments made by President Robert Mugabe on 9 October 2017. Former Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Patrick Chinamasa will head the Ministry. Concerns over the establishment of this ministry are informed by a series of veiled threats on the use of social...

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Threats against social media unlawful – MISA Zimbabwe

Threats against social media unlawful – MISA Zimbabwe

29 Sep 2017

MISA Zimbabwe is disquieted by the string of threats that have recently been issued against the use of social media by citizens. This follows a series of threats by Ministers Patrick Chinamasa,  Mike Bimha and Chris Mushowe to tighten control over use of social media amid claims that this was the cause of shortages of basic commodities and bank notes in the country. “The cause...

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MISA ZIMBABWE WEIGHS IN ON CYBER TERRORISM DEBATE

MISA ZIMBABWE WEIGHS IN ON CYBER TERRORISM DEBATE

12 Aug 2016

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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MISA Zimbabwe denounces Government’s threats to regulate social media

MISA Zimbabwe denounces Government’s threats to regulate social media

12 Jul 2016

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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All eyes on digital migration process

12 Jun 2015

MISA Zimbabwe this week launched the first of its monthly digital migration monitoring reports, aptly entitled Digital Migration Footprints. The Digital Migration Footprints series is an analysis of major highlights of a process set to change television broadcasting in the country in the public interest. Digitisation will make broadcasting more equitable, just and people centered while connecting formerly marginalised communities, MISA Zimbabwe has noted. Zimbabwe,...

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Zimbabwe to miss digitisation deadline

12 Jun 2015

The Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ) on 11 June said Zimbabwe will miss the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) digital migration deadline set for 17 June 2015. In an interview with the public broadcaster and key player in the migration process, the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC), the Chief Executive Officer, Engineer Obert Maganyura said the country had faced challenges relating to the delivery of digital equipment...

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MISA Zambia launches Online Media Freedom Report, holds training for bloggers

05 Jun 2015

MISA Zambia has launched a study report on Online Media Freedom in Zambia at the Southern Sun Hotel in Lusaka. Speaking at the launch, MISA Zambia Chairperson, Hellen Mwale, in a speech read for her by Mrs. Elizabeth Mweene Chanda (Vice Chairperson) stated that online media had great potential of contributing to citizen participation in good governance through instant, on demand access to information for...

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Botswana: Newspaper website hacked again, and deleted

26 Jan 2015

A website belonging to the only private daily newspaper in Botswana, Mmegi, was hacked on 22 January 2015 and deleted by unknown culprits. The newspaper realised their website had been deleted around 10am in the morning. Tlhalefang Charles, a reporter and new-media coordinator at Mmegi, told MISA Botswana that they suspect hackers want to intimidate and delay their business. “Even though it is not clear...

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