Media freedom monitoring

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

MISA Chapters track media freedom violations which we publish here. We also collate these incidents in our annual publication, So This is Democracy which is available for every SADC country.

In conjunction with fesmedia Africa, MISA also publishes the African Media Barometer – a general analysis of the media landscape and press freedom trends in selected southern African countries.

Media freedom news from our chapters

Escalating cases of harassment of journalists in Lesotho

Escalating cases of harassment of journalists in Lesotho

MISA Lesotho issues this statement to express our grave concern over the growing rate of harassment of journalists in Lesotho. The recent case of the 357FM’s Lebese Molati marks the peak at which media freedom is under threat imposed by those who wield power. Molati...

Media freedom world rankings mixed bag for Southern Africa

Media freedom world rankings mixed bag for Southern Africa

The latest Reporters Without Borders (RSF) media freedom rankings are a mixed bag for Southern African countries, with some recording gains, while others slipped, an indication that more still needs to be done to improve media freedom in the region. The RSF rankings...

Media freedom world rankings mixed bag for Southern Africa

Media freedom world rankings mixed bag for Southern Africa

The latest Reporters Without Borders (RSF) media freedom rankings are a mixed bag for Southern African countries, with some recording gains, while others slipped, an indication that more still needs to be done to improve media freedom in the region. The RSF rankings...

Zimbabwe falls on world media freedom index

Zimbabwe falls on world media freedom index

Zimbabwe has been ranked at 130 out of 180 countries in 2021 compared to its ranking at 126 in 2020, new rankings by the Reporters Without Borders (RSF) show. In the report, RSF said the rankings showed that the page had not been turned from the late former President...

MISA welcomes Paradza’s appointment as deputy information minister

MISA welcomes Paradza’s appointment as deputy information minister

MISA Zimbabwe takes this opportunity to congratulate Honourable Kindness Paradza on his appointment as the Deputy Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services. Honourable Paradza, who is generally referred to as a ‘friend of the media’ by colleagues in...