Tag: freedom of expression


20 Years after coup, media freedom in the Gambia remains in crisis

Today marks the 20th anniversary of the bloodless coup, which instated Yahya Jammeh as President of the Gambia. Often referred to as Africa’s last dictatorship, the Gambia is one of the most repressive States on the continent. On this significant anniversary, the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) joins civil society organisations all over the world in urging President Yahya Jammeh to protect journalists, human...

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ACTION coalition – Namibia’s Anti-Terrorism Law: Rushed and ill-considered

ACTION coalition – Namibia’s Anti-Terrorism Law: Rushed and ill-considered

Many countries around the world introduced new anti-terrorism legislation after the September 11 2001 terrorist attacks in the US and subsequent incidents around the world. It has become clear that no country is immune from the threat of terrorism and that the State, in fulfilling its duty to protect citizens, has a responsibility to introduce effective anti-terrorism laws. Namibia’s Prevention and Combating of Terrorist and...

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MISA reminds southern Africans that the right to freedom of expression belongs to everyone

Today is Valentine’s Day and people across southern Africa and all around the world are saying ‘I love you’ with roses or chocolates or grand romantic gestures. But for some, expressing their love can be a dangerous and even life-threatening act. This is the case for many in southern Africa, where 12 out of the 15 member countries of the Southern African Development Community (SADC)...

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