Media Institute of Southern Africa


State of the Media 2020 report now available!

State of the Media 2020 report now available!

MISA Zimbabwe is proud to publish its annual state of the media report which takes a look at the media landscape and operating environment with regards to freedom of expression, access to information, digital rights and media freedom in 2020.


Why govt was sued over access to Covid-19 information

Why govt was sued over access to Covid-19 information

Our programme officer Nompilo Simanje talks about how access to information in the public interest is very important, particularly during a pandemic or natural disasters, as this assists citizens and the nation at large, to make informed decisions about their right to life and the right to health.


ATI & Human rights

African Platform highlights link between access to information and human rights

On 10 December 2016, International Human Rights Day, the African Platform on Access to Information (APAI) Working Group recommits itself to advocating for access to information in all spheres of life as part of its continued efforts to promote and uphold human rights for all people. During the last 16 days of activism, the international community advocated for the abolition of all forms of violence...

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MISA Zimbabwe takes media research findings to rural communities

MISA Zimbabwe takes media research findings to rural communities

MISA -Zimbabwe on November 18, 2016, simultaneously launched its African Media Barometer (Zimbabwe 2015) and 2016 Transparency Assessment research reports at Dema shopping centre in Seke during a ceremony attended by 82 people. Seke is a parliamentary constituency within the Seke District of the Mashonaland East Province of Zimbabwe. Findings for the African Media Barometer were delivered by Patience Zirima and Chris Musodza who were among...

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MISA bemoans Cabinet decision to prioritise distribution of info, advertising to state-owned media

MISA bemoans Cabinet decision to prioritise distribution of info, advertising to state-owned media

MISA Namibia is concerned about a recent Cabinet resolution (16th/20.09.16/007) that all government offices, agencies and ministries, including regional and local authorities, must prioritise the dissemination of information and advertisement through New Era Publication Corporation and the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC). This Cabinet resolution is problematic because it limits access to important public information for those citizens who do not regularly access New Era and the NBC....

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Mozambique: Journalists and judiciary united against press freedom abuses

Mozambique: Journalists and judiciary united against press freedom abuses

* See below for Portuguese translation MAPUTO, November 2, 2016: Journalists and members of the judiciary are defending the need to promote press freedom and free expression as pillars of democracy. The remarks were made during a conference commemorating the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists, held on 2 November. The Chairperson of the Bar Association of Mozambique, Flávio Lopes Menete noted...

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MISA Zimbabwe launches media freedom monitoring report

MISA Zimbabwe launches media freedom monitoring report

MISA Zimbabwe has released its media freedom monitoring report for the period May to September 2016 (five months). In this report MISA Zimbabwe expresses concern about Police actions which it deems as having had a negative impact on citizens’ right to freedom of expression, association and peaceful demonstrations as well as media rights as provided for in the constitution.   This is in reference to police-imposed bans...

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African Platform celebrates first International Day for Access to Information

African Platform celebrates first International Day for Access to Information

Statement by African Platform on Access to Information Working Group Congratulations on the first official INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR UNIVERSAL ACCESS TO INFORMATION The African Platform on Access to Information (APAI) Working Group would like to officially thank all government partners, civil society members, and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) for making this momentous occasion possible.This day was celebrated for over a...

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MISA launches 2016 Transparency Report

MISA launches 2016 Transparency Report

A Citizen’s View on Government Openness: MISA launches its 2016 Transparency Assessment On 28 September, in commemoration of the first International Day of Universal Access to Information (IDUAI) since UNESCO’s official declaration of the day, the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) will launch its annual Transparency Assessment. The publication seeks to establish the ease or difficulty with which citizens in southern Africa can access public...

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MISA Mozambique denounces attack on public sector reporting teams

MISA Mozambique denounces attack on public sector reporting teams

MISA-Mozambique was extremely concerned when it became aware of the attack on vehicles of Mozambique Television (TVM) and of Radio Mozambique (RM), which took place on 12 August 2016, in the Chiwala region of Bárué district, Manica province, along National Highway No.7. According to various sources to which MISA-Mozambique has had access, the two vehicles were attacked by gunmen of the Mozambique Resistance Movement (Renamo). The vehicles were carrying...

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AFEX demands immediate release of detained Sudanese students

AFEX demands immediate release of detained Sudanese students

The African Freedom of Expression Exchange (AFEX) demands Sudan’s National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) to immediately release the eight students who have been detained incommunicado without charges. On May 3, 2016, 17 students were expelled from the University of Khartoum following a protest held on April 27, 2016 on the university campus. Two students were reportedly shot dead by agents of the NISS during...

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MISA Namibia calls on citizens to refrain from sharing  inappropriate, unlawful images on social media

MISA Namibia calls on citizens to refrain from sharing inappropriate, unlawful images on social media

MISA Namibia has appealed to Namibian citizens to refrain from sharing images that depict children and others in unhealthy, painful, unlawful and inappropriate situations. The media advocacy group pointed to two images which it says were being shared on WhatsApp, and maybe other social media platforms, that depict the two girls reported on in today’s media, in very sickening situations. “Even though we do not now know who they are, they...

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