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

Cyber Violence against Female Journalists in Southern Africa

Cyber Violence against Female Journalists in Southern Africa

This  research aims at  gathering evidence on the  extent of online based gender violence targeted at female journalists in Southern Africa. For this, we kindly ask you to fill in this survey. It will take approximately seven (7) minutes. The survey forms part of...

MISA Malawi appears before Parliament on broadcasting licences

MISA Malawi appears before Parliament on broadcasting licences

Today, Tuesday, September 13, 2022, MISA Malawi appeared before the Parliamentary Committee on Media, Information and Communications at the Parliament Building in Lilongwe. The purpose of the meeting was for the Chapter to highlight developments in the media and seek...

Concern over attempts to capture MISA

Concern over attempts to capture MISA

By Methaetsile Leepile A young woman at the back of the hall shouts, “What about our subscription? Are we going to get our money back?” She was referring to the P100 annual membership subscription fee she had paid over the last two weeks to MISA Botswana, a local...

Reporting on Illicit Finance in Africa (Bulawayo)

Reporting on Illicit Finance in Africa (Bulawayo)

Reporting on Illicit Finance in Africa Dates: 02 November 04 November | Location: Bulawayo Application deadline: 11 September | Programme: Wealth of Nations - Illicit finance (NORAD) APPLY This is an opportunity provided by the Wealth of Nations - Illicit finance...