Tag: Free expression online


MISA WORLD PRESS FREEDOM DAY STATEMENT, 2018: Restriction of civic space threatens media, citizens

MISA WORLD PRESS FREEDOM DAY STATEMENT, 2018: Restriction of civic space threatens media, citizens

On the occasion of World Press Freedom Day 2018, the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA), pays tribute to all journalists and media workers, many of whom continue to work under trying circumstances to bring citizens news and information necessary for them to make informed choices. Over the course of 2017, MISA has witnessed the restriction of civic space across southern Africa, along with a...

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Note to new cybersecurity minister … ‘it’s about trust and respect for rights’

Note to new cybersecurity minister … ‘it’s about trust and respect for rights’

MISA Zimbabwe notes with concern the creation of a new ministry of Cybersecurity, Threat Detection and Mitigation in the ministerial reassignments and appointments made by President Robert Mugabe on 9 October 2017. Former Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Patrick Chinamasa will head the Ministry. Concerns over the establishment of this ministry are informed by a series of veiled threats on the use of social...

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MISA Zimbabwe denounces Government’s threats to regulate social media

MISA Zimbabwe denounces Government’s threats to regulate social media

MISA-Zimbabwe notes with great concern escalating threats by government to “regulate” social media in a statement issued by the Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) and echoed by senior government officials. The vagueness of the warnings and threats on what constitutes ‘abuse’ of social media, pose serious ramifications on citizens’ enjoyment of constitutionally guaranteed rights. Equally hazy, and yet to be clarified is...

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All eyes on digital migration process

MISA Zimbabwe this week launched the first of its monthly digital migration monitoring reports, aptly entitled Digital Migration Footprints. The Digital Migration Footprints series is an analysis of major highlights of a process set to change television broadcasting in the country in the public interest. Digitisation will make broadcasting more equitable, just and people centered while connecting formerly marginalised communities, MISA Zimbabwe has noted. Zimbabwe,...

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Zimbabwe to miss digitisation deadline

The Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ) on 11 June said Zimbabwe will miss the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) digital migration deadline set for 17 June 2015. In an interview with the public broadcaster and key player in the migration process, the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC), the Chief Executive Officer, Engineer Obert Maganyura said the country had faced challenges relating to the delivery of digital equipment...

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Botswana: Newspaper website hacked again, and deleted

A website belonging to the only private daily newspaper in Botswana, Mmegi, was hacked on 22 January 2015 and deleted by unknown culprits. The newspaper realised their website had been deleted around 10am in the morning. Tlhalefang Charles, a reporter and new-media coordinator at Mmegi, told MISA Botswana that they suspect hackers want to intimidate and delay their business. “Even though it is not clear...

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