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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’

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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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

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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AFEX petitions AU Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression on Cameroon crisis

AFEX petitions AU Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression on Cameroon crisis

The African Freedom of Expression Exchange (AFEX), on April 13, 2017 petitioned the African Union (AU) Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information, Ms. Faith Pansy Tlakula, to intervene in the deteriorating freedom of expression and human rights situation in the two Anglophone regions of Cameroon. Since January 17, 2017, the people of North-west and South-west regions of Cameroon have been denied internet...

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MISA Zimbabwe denounces Government’s threats to regulate social media

MISA Zimbabwe denounces Government’s threats to regulate social media

MISA-Zimbabwe notes with great concern escalating threats by government to “regulate” social media in a statement issued by the Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) and echoed by senior government officials. The vagueness of the warnings and threats on what constitutes ‘abuse’ of social media, pose serious ramifications on citizens’ enjoyment of constitutionally guaranteed rights. Equally hazy, and yet to be clarified is...

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MISA Namibia calls on citizens to refrain from sharing  inappropriate, unlawful images on social media

MISA Namibia calls on citizens to refrain from sharing inappropriate, unlawful images on social media

MISA Namibia has appealed to Namibian citizens to refrain from sharing images that depict children and others in unhealthy, painful, unlawful and inappropriate situations. The media advocacy group pointed to two images which it says were being shared on WhatsApp, and maybe other social media platforms, that depict the two girls reported on in today’s media, in very sickening situations. “Even though we do not now know who they are, they...

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Free expression, media should trump political interests during Ugandan elections – MISA

Free expression, media should trump political interests during Ugandan elections – MISA

The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) reiterates the crucial role played by the media during elections in keeping the public informed, providing voters with relevant information and ensuring transparent and fair elections. In outlining this role, MISA joins regional and international organisations in strongly condemning the brutal and crippling actions being taken by the Ugandan authorities against the media in the run-up to this...

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All eyes on digital migration process

MISA Zimbabwe this week launched the first of its monthly digital migration monitoring reports, aptly entitled Digital Migration Footprints. The Digital Migration Footprints series is an analysis of major highlights of a process set to change television broadcasting in the country in the public interest. Digitisation will make broadcasting more equitable, just and people centered while connecting formerly marginalised communities, MISA Zimbabwe has noted. Zimbabwe,...

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Zimbabwe to miss digitisation deadline

The Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ) on 11 June said Zimbabwe will miss the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) digital migration deadline set for 17 June 2015. In an interview with the public broadcaster and key player in the migration process, the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC), the Chief Executive Officer, Engineer Obert Maganyura said the country had faced challenges relating to the delivery of digital equipment...

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MISA Zimbabwe statement on the licensing of eight local commercial radio stations

MISA Zimbabwe statement on the licensing of eight local commercial radio stations

MISA Zimbabwe welcomes the licensing of eight urban-based commercial radio stations by the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ) as a development that marks the decentralisation of broadcasting in the country. Following the conducting of public hearings from August 2014 to September 2014, BAZ on 3 March 2015 announced the issuance of licences to five successful companies. These include AB Communications, which will broadcast as Gogogoi...

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Mozambique: Prominent professor gunned down in street

Lawyer and Constitutional Law Professor Gilles Cistac was assassinated by unknown assailants on the morning of 3 March 2015 in Maputo, Mozambique. Cistac, a professor at Eduardo Mondlane University, was having coffee at a café in the affluent suburb of Polana on the morning he was killed. As he stepped out of the café onto the sidewalk, eyewitnesses said four assailants in a car fired...

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