Media freedom, independence and diversity

Media freedom implies having an independent and diverse media with the ability to make editorial decisions free from political or economic influences.

MISA advocates for media law reform and institutional and policy changes that further an independent, pluralistic and sustainable three-tier system of broadcasting as as outlined in the African Charter on Broadcasting.

The three-tier system means having community, public and commercial broadcasting that provide content for local, regional and national audiences. Such as system enhances diversity and can help combat the domination of state broadcasters and the exclusion of minority voices.

Community broadcasting

Community media is operated in the community, for the community, about the community and by the community. It is independent, free from political or commercial interference and can, therefore, facilitate public platforms for debate and discussion and promote social agendas.

The reach of community media, particularly radio, means it provides information and a platform of expression to remote, grassroots communities that may not be represented in other media. The main challenges community radio and television faces in the region are lack of legislation, regulation and infrastructure to support the establishment and licensing of community media, and the inability to sustain themselves beyond donor seed money.

Public service broadcasting

Public service broadcasting is created, financed and controlled by the public, for the public. It is neither commercial nor state-owned and is therefore free from political or commercial interference.

Public service broadcasting informs, educates and entertains. It is an essential part of a pluralistic, diverse broadcasting sector.

Media freedom news from our chapters

Media Reforms Stakeholders Indaba Resolutions

Media Reforms Stakeholders Indaba Resolutions

30 October 2021 Cresta Lodge Msasa Harare, Zimbabwe We, the delegates to the MISA Zimbabwe facilitated Stakeholders Indaba on Media Law and Policy Reforms held on 30 October 2021 in Harare, Zimbabwe; Having debated and deliberated on the national importance of media...

Journalists reaffirm co-regulation of the media as way forward

Journalists reaffirm co-regulation of the media as way forward

MISA Zimbabwe National Governing Council (NGC) chairperson Golden Maunganidze was re-elected for another three-year term during the media freedom advocacy and lobby organisation’s annual general meeting held in Harare on 30 October 2021. Maunganidze beat former...

Deteriorating press freedom in Eswatini- Letter to King Mswati III

Deteriorating press freedom in Eswatini- Letter to King Mswati III

On 9 June 2021, the MISA Regional Governing Council chairperson, Golden Maunganidze wrote to His Royal Highness, King Mswati III to express MISA's concerns regarding the state of press freedom in Eswatini. Below is the letter; June 9, 2021 His Royal Highness King...

Develop policy that guarantees media safety

Develop policy that guarantees media safety

In a speech read on his behalf by MISA Zambia national governing council committee member Basil Hamusonde at the civil society organization and policy makers safety of Journalists workshop in Lusaka on Friday, MISA Zambia national director Austin Kayanda said the need...