Media freedom monitoring and safety of journalists
MISA monitors, records and collates media freedom and freedom of expression violations in the SADC region.
This includes tracking incidents of harassment, attacks and assault as well as arbitrary detention and sentencing that restrict the work of individual media professionals and threatens journalists’ safety. We also track actions that violate people’s right to freedom of expression, including the right to online expression.
We post individual reports on media freedom violations to our chapter websites. We also publish the annual So This is Democracy report which collates these incidents.
Media freedom monitoring helps us provide relevant support to journalists, media practitioners and institutions whose rights are violated. The research aspect also enables MISA to develop a greater understanding of media violations and allows the organisation to identify and track emerging issues and trends.