Tag: press freedom


Misa Malawi says media ‘still not free’ at 53 years of independence; Cedep condemns Macra for muzzling ‘Hot Current’

Misa Malawi says media ‘still not free’ at 53 years of independence; Cedep condemns Macra for muzzling ‘Hot Current’

11 Jul 2017

There is a feeling that significant changes to guarantee freedom of the press have not yet been put in place, Misa Malawi Chapter chairperson Tereza Ndanga has said. Ndanga said as Malawi is celebrating this year’s 53rd Independence Day, it should be noted that the media is still facing challenges that impinge in freedom of the press and after freedom after expression. She said the...

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MISA Zambia reports reflect on press freedom challenges, victories in 2016/17

MISA Zambia reports reflect on press freedom challenges, victories in 2016/17

19 Jun 2017

The year 2016 was momentous for Zambia as it was the first general election in which Zambians voted in five separate ballots: For the election of the President, the 156-member National Assembly, for over 1,600 Local Government Councils, and for the first time, directly elected Mayors and Council Chairs. A referendum was held alongside the general elections on the 11th August 2016 for Zambian citizens...

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MISA celebrates World Press Freedom Day 2017

03 May 2017

On the occasion of World Press Freedom Day 2017, the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA), pays tribute to both the Government of Swaziland and the African Union Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information, Pansy Tlakula for their interaction last year on issues of media freedom, access to information and freedom of expression. The subsequent and noticeable thawing of relations was...

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MOZAMBIQUE: JOURNALISTS AND JUDICIARY UNITED AGAINST PRESS FREEDOM AND FREE EXPRESSION ABUSES

MOZAMBIQUE: JOURNALISTS AND JUDICIARY UNITED AGAINST PRESS FREEDOM AND FREE EXPRESSION ABUSES

04 Nov 2016

* See below for Portuguese translation MAPUTO, November 2, 2016: Journalists and members of the judiciary are defending the need to promote press freedom and free expression as pillars of democracy. The remarks were made during a conference commemorating the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists, held on 2 November. The Chairperson of the Bar Association of Mozambique, Flávio Lopes Menete noted...

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MISA Zambia condemns harassment of journalists by Opposition Political Party cadres during search

15 Mar 2015

It is with regret that MISA Zambia has learnt of the case in which cameraman Paul Kaluba and journalist Chris Habeenzu from ZNBC who were harassed by UPND cadres on Monday 2 March 2015, as they tried to cover the search that was taking place at the residence of UPND President Hakainde Hichilema. This is not the first time UPND cadres have harassed journalists in...

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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

03 Sep 2014

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 condemns two-year prison sentence for Swazi editor and human rights lawyer; expresses grave concern for the state of free expression and media freedom in Swaziland

MISA condemns two-year prison sentence for Swazi editor and human rights lawyer; expresses grave concern for the state of free expression and media freedom in Swaziland

29 Jul 2014

The Regional Governing Council of the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) is outraged and deeply saddened by the unreasonable sentencing of editor of The Nation Bheki Makhubu and human rights lawyer Thulani Maseko to two years in prison, without the option of a fine, which was handed down by Judge Mpendulo Simelane in the Mbabane High Court in Swaziland last Friday, 25 July. The...

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

22 Jul 2014

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

22 May 2014

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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MISA Angola: World Press Freedom Day

02 May 2014

DECLARAÇÃO Recordando  Milocas Pereira Luanda, 3 Maio 14-O MISA-Angola celebra a passagem do dia mundial da Liberdade de Imprensa, tal como oportunamente referido no preâmbulo da Declaração publicada pela organização Regional esta é uma ocasião para reflectir sobre os principais acontecimentos que marcaram o “ano mediático” no país; Recentemente, foi no rescaldo do levantamento que fez  ao cumprimento das Metas do Milénio e olhando para...

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