Media freedom, freedom of expression and ATI are central to the fight against poverty and promotion of participatory democracy.
The signing into law of the Freedom of Information Act as part of the processes of repealing the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (AIPPA) is a significant milestone in Zimbabwe’s law reforms agenda.
Freelance journalist Godfrey Mtimba who is based in Zimbabwe’s southern town of Masvingo was on 29 June 2020 charged with undermining the authority of or insulting the President.
MISA Zimbabwe has written a letter to Parliament in response to the august house's call for submissions on the Cybersecurity and Data Protection Bill which was gazetted on 15 May 2020.
Following the gazetting of the Cybersecurity and Data Protection Bill, MISA Zimbabwe convened a capacity-building workshop on the proposed law in Harare with parliamentarians during which it highlighted its concerns with some of its provisions.
Once the verification is complete, the complainant will be notified and the determination made public
The production of the guidelines follow MISA Malawi’s Media Advocacy Group engagement with MPS leadership.
We expect government consider scrapping off duty on newsprint but also set the date for the implementation of the ATI Act
His passion for the media sector will always be in our hearts.
MISA Zimbabwe takes note of the chain of events that have transpired in these last few months in Zimbabwe, which seem to point to increased attempts by the government to promote and entrench mass surveillance of citizens.
MISA believes the operationalization of the Access to Information Law is a step in the right direction as the former President Peter Mutharika had assented to the law but the minister responsible did not set a date for the law to come into effect.
7 July 2020 marks ninety days since the disappearance of journalist Ibraimo Mbaruco, announcer of Palma Radio and Television, in the north of Cabo Delegado province.
Soldiers have assaulted journalists Munashe Chokodza and Leopold Munhende this evening, 24 June 2020, who were returning home from work. The duo was assaulted with military whips at the Warren Park shopping centre in Harare.
While the media, particularly print, have been able to innovate and survive these challenges, the COVID-19 pandemic presents an existential threat to an industry that was already limping in the SADC region.
The Civil Society Organizations working group on Cyber Laws in Zambia is concerned with government officials’ threats to curtail citizens using social media platforms to exercise their freedom of expression.
The MISA Trust Funds Board (TFB), Regional Governing Council (RGC), National Governing Councils (NGC) members and staff in all its National Chapters have learnt with great sadness of the passing of TFB member Dr Tikhala Chibwana on June 7, 2020, after a short illness.
Zimbabwe Online Content Creators Trust (ZOCC) has filed an urgent chamber application with the High Court seeking an order for suspension of the Zimbabwe Media Commission’s accreditation process set to commence in Harare on 26 May 2020.
MISA Mozambique welcomes the decision of the Council of Ministers to repeal decree no. 40/2018, dated 23 July, which sets fees and fines due for licensing services, renewal, registration, advertising inserts by the print, radio and television media, including digital platforms, as well as accreditation and accreditation of journalists in Mozambique.
Covid-19 pandemic has led to economic and emotional stress to rights holders and overburdening the Zambian government.
May has been celebrated as a day when governments must take accountability and recognise the importance of a free media in a democracy.