Tag: World Press Freedom Day


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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#WHK25 –  HISTORY MADE IN NAMIBIA: THE WINDHOEK DECLARATION OF 1991

#WHK25 – HISTORY MADE IN NAMIBIA: THE WINDHOEK DECLARATION OF 1991

06 May 2016

The principles of the Windhoek Declaration on an independent and pluralistic press are still relevant 25 years after they were adopted. As authorities in Africa continue to undermine media freedom, it’s important to outline steps to strengthen a free press for the coming years. Nobody arriving at the Safari Hotel in the Namibian capital, Windhoek, on 29 April 1991 – journalists all over Africa, UN...

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#WHK25:  A DECLARATION THAT STILL PACKS A PUNCH FOR A FREE PRESS

#WHK25: A DECLARATION THAT STILL PACKS A PUNCH FOR A FREE PRESS

06 May 2016

All too often, declarations remain simply pieces of paper filed away and forgotten. But the Windhoek Declaration is different, and its impact is still being felt today. In 1991, the winds of change were blowing for a second time after the liberation from colonial rule as many countries in Africa embarked on a path toward more democracy. Until then, efforts at independent, professional journalism had...

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Zim govt pledges protection of journalists

Zim govt pledges protection of journalists

05 May 2016

The Minister of Information, Media and Broadcasting Services Christopher Mushohwe on 3 May 2016 pledged the protection and security of journalists during the course of their work as well as alignment of Zimbabwe’s media laws with the Constitution. In a statement to mark the occasion of World Press Freedom Day, Mushowe said:  “Rest assured we are together in defending and promoting the interests and welfare...

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Access to Information in Africa – AFEX urges Governments to do more

Access to Information in Africa – AFEX urges Governments to do more

03 May 2016

As the World marks Press Freedom Day today under the theme, “Access to Information and Fundamental Freedoms: This is your Right!” the African Freedom of Expression Exchange (AFEX) network wishes to highlight the situation of Access to Information (ATI) on the continent. Access to Information (ATI) has been recognised as an important anti-corruption tool and a cornerstone for development. When citizens have access to information,...

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MISA laments state of the media on World Press Freedom Day 2016

MISA laments state of the media on World Press Freedom Day 2016

02 May 2016

On the occasion of World Press Freedom Day 2016, the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA), salutes all the champions of media freedom and freedom of expression across the world who have assumed the risks associated with such an effort. We wish to pay our deepest respects to all journalists who have lost their lives in the line of duty; our thoughts go out their...

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MISA launches website; free content for media to celebrate 25 Yrs of Windhoek Declaration

MISA launches website; free content for media to celebrate 25 Yrs of Windhoek Declaration

27 Apr 2016

MISA hereby advises all print, online and broadcasting media editors, as well as specialist media publications, newsletters and journalism initiatives, that a portfolio of over 40 quality articles and audio-visual content on free media, free expression and access to information in sub-Saharan Africa is available to them for print and online publication or broadcasting at no charge. The articles, written by journalists and media experts...

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MISA Zimbabwe reflects on 2015 World Press Freedom Day theme

MISA Zimbabwe reflects on 2015 World Press Freedom Day theme

02 May 2015

MISA-Zimbabwe joins the rest of the world in commemorating World Press Freedom Day on 3 May 2015 under the universal theme: Let Journalism Thrive! Towards Better Reporting, Gender Equality, & Media Safety in the Digital Age. We, however, note with great concern that close to two years after the coming into being of the 2013 Constitution, Zimbabwe is still to align several of its restrictive media...

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MISA reaches out to media stakeholders in South Sudan

01 May 2015

The Chairperson of the MISA Trust Funds Board, Luckson Chipare, will be participating in a two-day National Conference in Juba, South Sudan, from 4 and 5 May 2015. The conference marks World Press Freedom Day 2015 and stems from a collaboration between the UNESCO Office in Juba and national media stakeholders, specifically the Media Development Institute and the Association for Media Development in South Sudan...

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MISA reaches out to media stakeholders in South Sudan

01 May 2015

The Chairperson of the MISA Trust Funds Board, Luckson Chipare, will be participating in a two-day National Conference in Juba, South Sudan, from 4 and 5 May 2015. The conference marks World Press Freedom Day 2015 and stems from a collaboration between the UNESCO Office in Juba and national media stakeholders, specifically the Media Development Institute and the Association for Media Development in South Sudan...

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