The event, which coincided with the 10th anniversary of the United Nations Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity, was jointly organised by MISA, UNESCO, the Government of Zimbabwe (Ministry of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services), Media Monitors and the International Media Support (IMS).
Media freedom monitoring
Since its inception, the AMB has served as a trusted source of information on the state of media environments and key developments in freedom of the press, freedom of expression, and access to information in many countries in Sub-Saharan Africa.
We therefore reiterate our earlier calls for the Government, through key stakeholders such as the Ministry of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, Zimbabwe Media Commission, the Ministry of Home Affairs, and the Zimbabwe Republic Police, to come up with concrete mechanisms to curb these worrying media freedom violations.
This year’s commemorations should serve as a reminder of the commitments made under the UNPA to promote a free and safe environment for journalists and media workers.
It is therefore critical to ensure that the findings and recommendations of the AMB do not end with its launches in respective countries, but that practical steps are taken to address identified challenges and shortcomings.
Journalists in Lesotho signed an election reporting pledge, which was their commitment to covering the elections in an ethical and professional manner. Following the signing of the pledge, the Lesotho Communications Authority (LCA), confirmed that the number of complaints against the media had reduced drastically.
The young woman was part of a horde of newbies who, according to journalists at the meeting, had their membership subscriptions paid for by one of several controversial, influence-peddling entities around town, so that they could vote for one or the other of the candidates bidding for the chairmanship and other positions.
This is a communique on the MISA Bostwana AGM and postponed elections.
Walking in the footprints of a giant – tribute to former RGC member Fernando Gonçalves on leadership transition
Statement by Regional Governing Council Chairperson, Golden Maunganidze
This is a Communique on the Draft Media Practitioners Bill