Tag: Zimbabwe


President Mnangagwa should crack media reforms whip

President Mnangagwa should crack media reforms whip

As President Emmerson Mnangagwa assumes his presidency following his inauguration as Zimbabwe’s new leader, MISA Zimbabwe urges him to prioritise the implementation of long overdue media reforms critical to a new democratic dispensation. In his inauguration speech on 24 November 2017, President Mnangagwa said he would ensure that the pillars of democracy are strengthened and respected. In breaking with the past, President Mnangagwa should also...

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‘Freedom, privacy and security key to internet development’ – MISA Zimbabwe

‘Freedom, privacy and security key to internet development’ – MISA Zimbabwe

Internet stakeholders in Zimbabwe met in Harare on 21 September 2017 during MISA Zimbabwe’s second Internet Governance Multi-Stakeholder Conference to assess the status of digital rights in the country. The conference, held under the theme Promoting Freedom, Privacy and Security on the Internet, focused on current legislative processes to enact a cyber crimes and cyber-security law and internet access patterns in the country. Multi-stakeholder footprints In...

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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

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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MISA launches 2016 Transparency Report

MISA launches 2016 Transparency Report

A Citizen’s View on Government Openness: MISA launches its 2016 Transparency Assessment On 28 September, in commemoration of the first International Day of Universal Access to Information (IDUAI) since UNESCO’s official declaration of the day, the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) will launch its annual Transparency Assessment. The publication seeks to establish the ease or difficulty with which citizens in southern Africa can access public...

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Analysis of ConCourt Ruling on ZBC licences

Analysis of ConCourt Ruling on ZBC licences

On 20 July 2016 the Zimbabwean Constitutional Court (ConCourt) clarified that it was mandatory for Zimbabweans in possession of a gadget capable of receiving broadcast services to pay Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) license fees. The ruling was made in a matter dating back to 2012 involving two applicants, Bernard Wekare and Musangano Lodge. Both applicants were facing criminal chargesunder the Broadcasting Services Act  (12:06) after...

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Sky News crew deported from Zimbabwe

Sky News crew deported from Zimbabwe

A Sky news crew was deported from Zimbabwe on July 14, 2016, allegedly for working without accreditation. The two, who include South African based correspondent, Alex Crawford and a cameraman were allegedly both travelling on British passports. They were allegedly raided at a Harare lodge on the night of Wednesday 13 July, 2016 and detained at the Harare Airport overnight before being deported this morning. More...

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ACHPR Chair urges Zim media to maintain pressure on implementation of IMPI recommendations

ACHPR Chair urges Zim media to maintain pressure on implementation of IMPI recommendations

The African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights’ (ACHPR)  chairperson Commissioner Pansy Tlakula on 19 May 2016 urged media organisations to push  for implementation of the government-sanctioned Information and Media Panel of Inquiry’s recommendations on media reforms. At a lunch meeting hosted by MISA-Zimbabwe in Harare at the end of her four-day advocacy visit in her capacity as the ACHPR’s Special Rapporteur on Freedom of...

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ZIMBABWEAN MEDIA GROUPS BRIEF ACHPR CHAIRPERSON ON MEDIA REFORMS

ZIMBABWEAN MEDIA GROUPS BRIEF ACHPR CHAIRPERSON ON MEDIA REFORMS

MISA- Zimbabwe on 16 May 2016 hosted a dinner for the Chairperson of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) Commissioner Pansy Tlakula in Harare during which she was briefed on developments pertaining to media reforms in Zimbabwe. During the meeting attended by media groups and human rights defenders, Commissioner Tlakula who is on a four- day advocacy visit in her capacity as...

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‘Media law and policy reforms NOW’ – demand Zim stakeholders

‘Media law and policy reforms NOW’ – demand Zim stakeholders

A consultation with a broad cross-sector of Zimbabweans recently concluded with a call for urgent implementation of media law and policy reforms. Detailed resolutions of the meeting are available here. On April 20, 2016, MISA-Zimbabwe convened stakeholders to discuss and gain consensus on how to prioritise the extensive media law and policy reform facing the country. Fifty eight participants who included academics, journalists, civil society, content creators,media training institutions...

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MISA Zimbabwe files constitutional application against criminal defamation

MISA Zimbabwe and senior Zimbabwean journalists on filed an application with the Constitutional Court on 25 February 2015 seeking an order for criminal defamation to be declared unconstitutional in terms of the new Constitution. In its application filed by lawyer Chris Mhike, MISA Zimbabwe argues that section 96 of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act 2004, is unconstitutional, as it does not comply with...

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