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

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...

Journalist Moyo denied bail

Journalist Moyo denied bail

Journalist Jeffrey Moyo and Thabang Manhika, an employee of the Zimbabwe Media Commission were on 31 May 2021 denied bail on charges of contravening the Immigration Act. Bulawayo magistrate Rachel Mukanga said the two were facing serious charges with a 10-year prison...

Canadian ambassador laments continued attacks on journalists

Canadian ambassador laments continued attacks on journalists

The Canadian Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Christina Buchan, has expressed concern at how journalists in Zimbabwe are treated, noting that media workers continued to face violations, despite them being declared essential workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. “Journalists,...

Southern Africa Press Freedom report now available!

Southern Africa Press Freedom report now available!

MISA has launched a regional report on the state of press freedom in Southern Africa, which looks at media violations, the state of gender media and digital rights in the region among other topics. The Southern Africa Press Freedom Report was commissioned by MISA...