Tag: freedom of expression


AFEX petitions AU Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression on Cameroon crisis

AFEX petitions AU Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression on Cameroon crisis

21 Apr 2017

The African Freedom of Expression Exchange (AFEX), on April 13, 2017 petitioned the African Union (AU) Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information, Ms. Faith Pansy Tlakula, to intervene in the deteriorating freedom of expression and human rights situation in the two Anglophone regions of Cameroon. Since January 17, 2017, the people of North-west and South-west regions of Cameroon have been denied internet...

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MISA Angola appeals for increased monitoring, support for free expression in Angola

MISA Angola appeals for increased monitoring, support for free expression in Angola

23 May 2016

(Portuguese) On May 15 2016, a General of the Angolan Armed Forces and head of the Military Intelligence and Security Service labelled Rafael Marques “the enemy of Angola” and made an ‘ominous’ call on his subordinates for what he termed as “treatment as such” against journalist and human rights defender Rafael Marques de Morais. [General] Zé Maria was speaking to a group of 100 officers,...

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MISA documentary highlights free expression struggles in southern Africa

MISA documentary highlights free expression struggles in southern Africa

12 May 2016

Freedom of expression is one of the cornerstones of all democratic systems. Without it ideas about how to protect the common good in our societies would be impoverished. A marketplace of ideas is essential for democracy to thrive. It is for this reason that MISA attaches such importance to political discourse as well as to speech and other forms of expression that may shock and...

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AFEX condemns imprisonment of 17 Angolan human rights activists

AFEX condemns imprisonment of 17 Angolan human rights activists

14 Apr 2016

The African Freedom of Expression Exchange (AFEX) is alarmed at the farcical conviction of 17 Angolan activists on charges of attempted “acts of rebellion” and “criminal conspiracy” against the state. The 17 activists, all members of the “Luanda Book Club” were first arrested in June 2015 by the Angolan police at a book club gathering. The meeting was convened to read and critique the unpublished...

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Zambia threatens media with statutory regulation

Zambia threatens media with statutory regulation

13 Apr 2016

Zambia’s Chief Government Spokesperson, Chishimba Kambwili has threatened state regulation of the media citing what he termed as ‘failure by the print media to regulate itself’ leaving government with no option but to step in. Speaking at a press briefing on April 6, 2016, Kambwili who is also the minister of information stated that some media houses were allegedly receiving payments from politicians to provide...

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Public discussion highlights free expression challenges in Zambia

Public discussion highlights free expression challenges in Zambia

24 Jun 2015

MISA Zambia and the Law Association of Zambia together held a public discussion forum to highlight pertinent freedom of expression issues in Zambia on Thursday, June 18, 2015. Panelists included lawyer and human rights activist John Sangwa and a respected journalist Kellys Kaunda. LAZ President, George Chisanga, noted that the topic was particularly appropriate, as several incidents had recently taken place that impact on the...

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Gearing up for World Press Freedom Day 2015 – MISA

24 Apr 2015

On 3 May 2015, MISA’s network of national chapters across southern Africa will join people around the world in celebrating World Press Freedom Day (WPFD). See below for details of MISA activities around the region and contact your local MISA Chapter for more information on how to get involved. As always, the highlight of MISA’s WPFD celebrations is the launch of its annual state of...

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Gearing up for World Press Freedom Day 2015 – MISA

24 Apr 2015

On 3 May 2015, MISA’s network of national chapters across southern Africa will join people around the world in celebrating World Press Freedom Day (WPFD). See below for details of MISA activities around the region and contact your local MISA Chapter for more information on how to get involved. As always, the highlight of MISA’s WPFD celebrations is the launch of its annual state of...

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Zambia all set for World Press Freedom Day 2015

09 Apr 2015

MISA Zambia is hosting the 2015 World Press Freedom Day Local Organising Committee as the secretariat. The committee comprises over fifteen organisations and stakeholders that contribute to the promotion of media freedom in Zambia. A number of activities have been scheduled leading to the official commemoration on Monday, 4 May 2015. Scheduled activities include a media training and mentorship programme on 28 April, an exhibition...

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Zambia all set for World Press Freedom Day 2015

09 Apr 2015

MISA Zambia is hosting the 2015 World Press Freedom Day Local Organising Committee as the secretariat. The committee comprises over fifteen organisations and stakeholders that contribute to the promotion of media freedom in Zambia. A number of activities have been scheduled leading to the official commemoration on Monday, 4 May 2015. Scheduled activities include a media training and mentorship programme on 28 April, an exhibition...

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