Tag: free expression


MISA Zambia condemns seizure of Mast Newspaper equipment, raid on M’membe’s residence

MISA Zambia condemns seizure of Mast Newspaper equipment, raid on M’membe’s residence

25 Feb 2017

MISA Zambia condemns, in the strongest terms, the action by the state and police actions to suppress the Mast Newspaper in addition to the earlier harassment and assault of Mutinta Mazoka-M’membe during an attempted search in the absence of her husband five days ago. We are concerned that the state fight is no longer about the closure of the Post Newspaper instigated by the government and...

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Farewell Jeanette Minnie … the Zambezi FoX is no more

Farewell Jeanette Minnie … the Zambezi FoX is no more

02 Nov 2016

It is with great sorrow that the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) learned of the passing on November 2, 2016, of Jeanette Minnie. She died at the age of 61, after a bitter battle with cancer. Jeanette will be remembered with great fondness and respect by all who met her and interacted with her.  In her work, she was respected for her incisive and...

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MISA applauds investigative journalists, whistleblowers on ‘Panama Papers’ exposé

MISA applauds investigative journalists, whistleblowers on ‘Panama Papers’ exposé

04 Apr 2016

The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) applauds the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) who coordinated the efforts of hundreds of journalists and news agencies from around in an investigation that has culminated in the release of the ‘Panama Papers – Politicians, Criminals and the Rogue Industry that Hides Their Cash’. The investigation lifts the lid on how offshore companies are used by the...

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MISA condemns continued imprisonment of Swazi prisoners of conscience

18 Mar 2015

18 MARCH 2015, WINDHOEK, NAMIBIA – The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) condemns the continued imprisonment of editor Bheki Makhubu and Thulani Maseko in Swaziland. Today marks one year since the pair were remanded in detention following an unconstitutional closed court hearing on 18 March 2014. The pair were arrested and charged in connection to separate articles criticising the Swazi judiciary, which appeared in...

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MISA Zimbabwe Statement on the sharing of ICT infrastructure

17 Mar 2015

MISA Zimbabwe applauds pronouncements by the Minister of Information, Communication Technology Minister Supa Mandiwanzira on 13 March 2015 on government plans to ensure sharing of infrastructure among telecommunications and data service providers as it seeks to improve the sector. Speaking at a consultative workshop on finalisation of the Zimbabwe’s National ICT policy framework, Minister Mandiwanzira said there was need for a policy that would ensure...

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Mozambique: Prominent professor gunned down in street

05 Mar 2015

Lawyer and Constitutional Law Professor Gilles Cistac was assassinated by unknown assailants on the morning of 3 March 2015 in Maputo, Mozambique. Cistac, a professor at Eduardo Mondlane University, was having coffee at a café in the affluent suburb of Polana on the morning he was killed. As he stepped out of the café onto the sidewalk, eyewitnesses said four assailants in a car fired...

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Zimbabwe: College head threatens journalist with death

05 Mar 2015

Winstone Antonio, a reporter with Zimbabwean newspaper NewsDay, was on 4 March 2015 threatened with death by Rockland College’s Principal Director, McDonald Makondesa. He was threatened after he asked for a comment on allegations that the Zimbabwe School Examinations Council (ZIMSEC) was withholding the college’s Ordinary Level geography results. Antonio wanted clarity on why ZIMSEC had not released the results amid suspicion that the paper had been leaked...

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MISA Zimbabwe statement on the licensing of eight local commercial radio stations

05 Mar 2015

MISA Zimbabwe welcomes the licensing of eight urban-based commercial radio stations by the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ) as a development that marks the decentralisation of broadcasting in the country. Following the conducting of public hearings from August 2014 to September 2014, BAZ on 3 March 2015 announced the issuance of licences to five successful companies. These include AB Communications, which will broadcast as Gogogoi...

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MISA Zimbabwe files constitutional application against criminal defamation

26 Feb 2015

MISA Zimbabwe and senior Zimbabwean journalists on filed an application with the Constitutional Court on 25 February 2015 seeking an order for criminal defamation to be declared unconstitutional in terms of the new Constitution. In its application filed by lawyer Chris Mhike, MISA Zimbabwe argues that section 96 of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act 2004, is unconstitutional, as it does not comply with...

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MISA Celebrates World Radio Day 2015

MISA Celebrates World Radio Day 2015

13 Feb 2015

13 FEBRUARY 2015, WINDHOEK, NAMIBIA– Today, 13 February 2015, the Media Institute of Southern African (MISA) joins the rest of the world in marking the fourth annual World Radio Day. This year’s theme is ‘Youth and Radio’ and how young people can be better represented through the most powerful medium. The Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), Irina Bokova, said...

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