Digital rights

Digital rights refers to your right to seek, receive and impart information and ideas online, without fear or restriction from surveillance, censorship or laws silencing dissent.

As people turn to digital environments as a way of expressing views they may not feel safe expressing through other channels, more and more governments are using legislation, including privacy and national security laws, to gain control over digital spaces and infrastructure.

In addition, rights such as the right to privacy online have not yet been entrenched in the minds and actions of many citizens and yet citizens across the continent are using various technological services (email, social networking, banking etc.) every day, without adequate safeguards.

Digital rights news from our chapters

The 2021 MISA Regional Annual Report is now Available!

The 2021 MISA Regional Annual Report is now Available!

This is an snippet from the Chairperson’s Report The year 2021 was one of consolidation and the repositioning of our organisation in the aftermath of the several headwinds that we faced. When we started this journey – midway through 2021 – we dared to dream and our...

The 2021 MISA Zimbabwe Annual report is now available!

The 2021 MISA Zimbabwe Annual report is now available!

Below is an extract from the Chairperson`s report Our 2021 Annual Report comes on the backdrop of significant historical events in the life and existence of the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) as a regional outfit, and by extension, MISA Zimbabwe as a member...

Guide to the Zimbabwean Cyber and Data Protection Act

Guide to the Zimbabwean Cyber and Data Protection Act

This Guide intends to assist ordinary citizens, data protection advocates, human rights advocates, media organisations and interested individuals in getting a basic understanding and application of the Cyber and Data Protection Act (Act). This guide aims to contribute...

Worrying decline in media freedom in Southern Africa

Worrying decline in media freedom in Southern Africa

Reporters Without Boundaries has released the 2022 World Press Freedom Index, which points to worrying signs for freedom of expression in Southern Africa, with a number of countries recording sharp declines. Botswana, long regarded as a bastion of democracy, saw a...