Media Institute of Southern Africa


MISA Namibia condemns detention of Japanese journalists; confiscation of footage, equipment

MISA Namibia condemns detention of Japanese journalists; confiscation of footage, equipment

MISA Namibia strongly condemns the detention, questioning and confiscation of equipment belonging to journalists Motoi Araki and David Bush at the Hosea Kutako International Airport on Friday, 15 April. Bush and Motoi were in Windhoek to investigate the existence of a munitions factory built by North Korean labourers for Japan’s biggest television network Asahi. Their detention happened approximately two hours after they interviewed Deputy Prime...

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AFEX condemns imprisonment of 17 Angolan human rights activists

AFEX condemns imprisonment of 17 Angolan human rights activists

The African Freedom of Expression Exchange (AFEX) is alarmed at the farcical conviction of 17 Angolan activists on charges of attempted “acts of rebellion” and “criminal conspiracy” against the state. The 17 activists, all members of the “Luanda Book Club” were first arrested in June 2015 by the Angolan police at a book club gathering. The meeting was convened to read and critique the unpublished...

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MISA applauds investigative journalists, whistleblowers on ‘Panama Papers’ exposé

MISA applauds investigative journalists, whistleblowers on ‘Panama Papers’ exposé

The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) applauds the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) who coordinated the efforts of hundreds of journalists and news agencies from around in an investigation that has culminated in the release of the ‘Panama Papers – Politicians, Criminals and the Rogue Industry that Hides Their Cash’. The investigation lifts the lid on how offshore companies are used by the...

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Basotho march for media freedom

Basotho march for media freedom

“#HANDSOFFMEDIA” a historical march to the rescue of media freedom in Lesotho was staged by Concerned Citizens of Lesotho, a group led by one Pali Masenkane. Presenting the petition to the Minister of Communications, Science and Technology Khotso Letsatsi together with the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office, Kimetso Mathaba, the petitioners gave a 14 days ultimatum to the Government of Lesotho to respond to...

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ATI advocates celebrate Cabinet approval of Malawi’s draft ATI Bill

ATI advocates celebrate Cabinet approval of Malawi’s draft ATI Bill

A coalition of access to information advocates have lauded Cabinet for approving Malawi’s draft Access to Information Bill. The coalition comprising MISA Malawi, the Journalists Union of Malawi (JUMA), Citizens for Justice (CFJ) and the Open Democracy Advice Centre (ODAC) made the following statement at a press conference on February 19, 2016. Ends/ …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… MISA is a regional non-governmental organisation with members in 11 of...

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FACE OFF: Preaching pragmatics versus clamping down

FACE OFF: Preaching pragmatics versus clamping down

The new face of Tanzania, President John Pombe Magufuli, is taking the continent by storm. He’s won the hearts of many for his efforts to clamp down on excessive government spending. However, a closer look reveals a sinister campaign against the media and freedom of expression. President Magufuli’s entry onto the political scene was as a fairly unknown player yet in a short time the...

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MISA celebrates World Radio Day, 2016

MISA celebrates World Radio Day, 2016

The Media Institute of Southern Africa joins the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the world in marking the fifth annual World Radio on February 13, 2016. This year’s theme for World Radio Day – “The Role of the Radio in Humanitarian Emergency and Disaster Situations” emphasises the essential role this medium plays during a critical period. “Communication and communication technology are...

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ANALYSIS: Facts and implications of Zim ruling on criminal defamation

ANALYSIS: Facts and implications of Zim ruling on criminal defamation

The landmark ruling delivered by the Zimbabwean Constitutional Court to outlaw criminal defamation is progressive and as lawyer Proceed Manatsa points out in his analysis: “The ruling marks the dawn of a new era for Zimbabwean media practitioners and is a great leap forward toward the alignment of the domestic legal order with international benchmarks on media freedom and freedom of expression.” His observation is...

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MISA seeks support for more transparency in elections

MISA seeks support for more transparency in elections

“Access to information and transparency … that’s the link between media freedom, democracy and elections”, MISA Regional Director Zoe Titus proposed to a meeting of civil society representatives from southern Africa. Titus was addressing delegates to the 11th Southern Africa Civil Society Forum (CSF) convened by the Regional Apex Alliance, i.e. Fellowship of Christian Councils in Southern Africa (FOCCISA), Southern Africa Trade Unions Coordinating Council...

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Include us in budget preps – MISA children

Include us in budget preps – MISA children

Some children at the MISA regional ambassadors and media meeting in Pretoria have called on African governments for their inclusion in the preparation of budgets. Children who spoke in separate interviews expressed concern over the lack of their views in national budget preparations. Natasha Mwansa (14) of Zambia noted that children should be consulted during the national budget preparation. Natasha said the decisions made regarding the...

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