Tag: free expression


MISA Celebrates World Radio Day 2015

MISA Celebrates World Radio Day 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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MISA Botswana statement on advertising bans

The media industry is gravely disturbed and perturbed by recent media reports that the Botswana Government is planning to use advertising as a weapon against the private media. The Guardian-Sun case of 2001 against the Attorney General clearly showed the unconstitutionality of government using advertising as a weapon against freedom of expression. The court found on the facts that the applicant had established a prima...

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MISA Zambia Statement: High Court Rules Seditious Intent Unconstitutional

The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) Zambia is happy that the High Court of Zambia has found section 67 of the Penal Code to be unconstitutional as it contravenes Article 20(3) of the Zambian Constitution. The High Court of Zambia has found that Section 67 does not pass the test of being reasonably justified in a democratic society. Section 67 of the Penal Code...

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MISA Zambia Statement on invasion of ZNBC

We note with grief the invasion of ZNBC studios by Sports minister Chishimba Kambwili and Information Permanent Secretary Chanda Kasolo, together with other PF leaders, as confirmed by ZNBC Board Chairperson Dr. John Mulwila. We are now 55 days away from the Presidential election and Mr. Kambwili is one of the aspirants seeking nomination to stand as PF president. However, his act is very disappointing...

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MISA Malawi statement on arrest of journalist Archibald Kasakura

The Malawi Chapter of the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) is shocked and deeply saddened with the detention of journalist Archibald Kasakura, who was arrested by Limbe Police in Blantyre, southern Malawi, for allegedly ‘obstructing a police officer on duty’. Efforts to speak to the Police proved futile as MISA Mawli were continually referred from one officer to another, but Kasakura confirmed the incident,...

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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 calls for SADC governing heads to improve media freedom and access to information during 10th Civil Society Forum

MISA calls for SADC governing heads to improve media freedom and access to information during 10th Civil Society Forum

In July 2014, MISA successfully lobbied for the 10th Civil Society Forum to adopt a resolution calling on the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to improve freedom of expression, media freedom and access to information by: reviewing and reforming relevant protocols and instruments; increasing media diversity; increasing access to social and community media; and making it easier to disseminate information to communities in need. The...

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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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20 Years after coup, media freedom in the Gambia remains in crisis

Today marks the 20th anniversary of the bloodless coup, which instated Yahya Jammeh as President of the Gambia. Often referred to as Africa’s last dictatorship, the Gambia is one of the most repressive States on the continent. On this significant anniversary, the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) joins civil society organisations all over the world in urging President Yahya Jammeh to protect journalists, human...

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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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