Tag: MISA Zimbabwe


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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MISA Zimbabwe’s website has a great new look!

MISA Zimbabwe’s website has a great new look!

03 Oct 2017

We are excited to have revamped our website. It’s now much easier on the eye, plus you can even visit it from your mobile or tablet. We’ve spent months completely overhauling the design and organisation of our new-look website so it’s much simpler to navigate and find what you’re are looking for. Plus it’s now mobile responsive so you can visit us on whatever device...

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ZIMBABWE: Journalists sustain injuries after assault by police

ZIMBABWE: Journalists sustain injuries after assault by police

29 Sep 2017

On 29 September 2017, journalists Mugove Tafirenyika and Brighton Goko who work for the privately owned Daily News sustained injuries after being reportedly assaulted by the police while covering demonstrations in Harare’s central business district. An editor with the Daily News said the journalists had been rushed to hospital for treatment following the assault. The severity of their injuries could not be immediately ascertained. MISA...

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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 reminds us that ‘citizens have the right to know’

MISA Zimbabwe reminds us that ‘citizens have the right to know’

29 Sep 2017

MISA Zimbabwe joins the world in commemorating the International Day for Universal Access to Information (IDUAI) and urges the Zimbabwean government to fulfil its constitutional and regional obligations to foster the enjoyment of citizens’ right to access to information. This year’s theme is ‘Right to Information: Open and accountable government and the media’s role’, where: Open government builds community trust Government transparency strengthens community participation and our democracy...

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NewsDay Journalists Assaulted On Duty, MISA Zimbabwe Condemns Abuse of Authority by Police

NewsDay Journalists Assaulted On Duty, MISA Zimbabwe Condemns Abuse of Authority by Police

27 Jul 2017

NewsDay journalists Obey Manayiti, Shepherd Tozvireva and their driver Raphael Phiri were arrested and assaulted by police officers on their way Harare Central police station, where they were detained on July 27, 2017. MISA Zimbabwe reports that the trio were photographing skirmishes between police and members of the public in central business district of Harare. MISA Zimbabwe is following the case and will provide updates...

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Charamba is wrong on AIPPA, says MISA Zimbabwe

Charamba is wrong on AIPPA, says MISA Zimbabwe

27 Jun 2017

Remarks attributed to Zimbabwe’s Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information George Charamba on the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (AIPPA) are very misleading and cannot go unchallenged.Charamba is quoted in the state-run daily, The Herald of 26 June 2017, reportedly dismissing the basis of civil society’s calls for the long overdue repeal of the restrictive law. He is quoted saying a...

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Media reforms in Zimbabwe long overdue, urges MISA Zimbabwe

Media reforms in Zimbabwe long overdue, urges MISA Zimbabwe

06 Jun 2017

As Zimbabwe gets into the 2018 elections campaign mode the government should speedily implement long overdue media reforms to entrench constitutional democracy. This is critical as elections define democracy while the media enlightens and sustains it. The media should thus be allowed to conduct its lawful professional duties in an atmosphere free of threats, intimidation and harassment. The safety and security of journalists should therefore...

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ALERT: New censorship board in Zimbabwe to ‘regulate and control’ media

ALERT: New censorship board in Zimbabwe to ‘regulate and control’ media

24 May 2017

A new Board of Censors has been put in place to regulate and control the media and film industry in the digital era. According to The Herald edition of 24 May 2017, the Minister of Home Affairs, Ignatius Chombo, made the appointment in terms of the Censorship and Entertainment Controls  Act. The minister said while the Constitution provides for free artistic expression, cultural beliefs and...

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Digital rights on the agenda; promotion of digital rights should increase access to the Internet for Zimbabweans

Digital rights on the agenda; promotion of digital rights should increase access to the Internet for Zimbabweans

18 May 2017

MISA Zimbabwe commemorated the 2017 World Press Freedom Day (WPFD) on 2 May 2017 at the Holiday Inn, in Harare. The breakfast meeting, which was attended by 80 stakeholders, reinforced the need to ensure that digital rights are promoted and sufficiently protected in line with the constitution. This follows government’s plans to enact cyber laws supposedly to curb cyber crimes. Representing the ministry of Information...

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