MISA condemns attacks on journalists, calls for more media freedom

Media Institute of Southern Africa, Regional Office, Namibia Statement, 23 May 2013 Having gathered in Lusaka, Zambia on Saturday, 27 July 2013, for its annual general meeting, the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) makes the following statement. We wish to express grave concern over the escalation in cases of media freedom and freedom ofContinue reading “MISA condemns attacks on journalists, calls for more media freedom”

Journalists’ safety, access to information a pre-requisite in ensuring credible elections in Zimbabwe

Media Institute of Southern Africa, Regional Office, Namibia Statement, 23 May 2013 The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) is greatly encouraged by the explicit provisions in Zimbabwe’s new Constitution, which for the first time in the country’s history, guarantee media freedom and citizens’ right to access information. We believe that these constitutional provisions offerContinue reading “Journalists’ safety, access to information a pre-requisite in ensuring credible elections in Zimbabwe”

After spending one week in jail, journalist facing two more charges

Zambia Alert-Update Tuesday, 23 July 2013  Arrested freelance journalist, Wilson Pondamali, will have to answer to two more charges after police in Zambia charged him with attempting to escape from police custody and malicious damage to government property. Pondamali is currently held at Kabwe Central Police Station on charges of being in unlawful possession ofContinue reading “After spending one week in jail, journalist facing two more charges”

Internet security and online businesses discussed in Swaziland

MISA-Swaziland Alert July 18 2013 Swaziland’s ministry of information, communication and technology is discussing internet security and regulation at a workshop in Ezulweni on 18 and 19 July. On July 18 presentations are being made on ‘internet topology and economics’, ‘internet governance, regulation and security’, and ‘regulatory best practices for economic growth’, amongst other topics.Continue reading “Internet security and online businesses discussed in Swaziland”

The role of the media during elections

“Free and unfettered inquiry is the foundation upon which our first world status will be built.” Phakama Shili, advocacy officer at Swaziland’s Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA-Swaziland), writes a weekly column for Swazi Observer. The column, ‘Constitutionally Speaking’, considers human rights and the quest for democracy in Swaziland. Read on for this week’s article on the role ofContinue reading “The role of the media during elections”

The Case for Community Radio: MISA Chairman’s speech at network launch

The following speech was delivered by Alec Lushaba, Chairman of MISA-Swaziland’s National Governing Council, at the launch of the community radio network at the George Hotel in Manzini, July 11 2013. MISA-Swaziland, as a media freedom NGO, is honoured to be assisting with today’s launch of Swaziland’s Community Radio Network. The Network is an associationContinue reading “The Case for Community Radio: MISA Chairman’s speech at network launch”

Times of Swaziland gets behind campaign to promote reading

MISA-Swaziland Alert July 15 2013 Swaziland’s only independently-owned newspaper, Times of Swaziland, is supporting a campaign to promote reading in the country. In an editorial on July 15 2013 the Times wrote that “the most hopeful news of the year may be the fact that the Reading Association of Swaziland is on a mission to raise awareness about reading”. TheContinue reading “Times of Swaziland gets behind campaign to promote reading”

A new beginning in the campaign for community radio in Swaziland

The following speech was delivered by Ambrose Zwane, national coordinator of Swaziland’s community radio network, at the network’s launch at the George Hotel in Manzini, July 11 2013.  Swaziland and Zimbabwe are the only countries that has not yet opened the airwaves for the community radio sector. In past 15 years Lubombo Community Radio hasContinue reading “A new beginning in the campaign for community radio in Swaziland”

MISA-Swaziland Chairman’s AGM report 2012

The following report was presented by MISA-Swaziland National Governing Council Chairman Alec Lushaba at the Annual General Meeting, held at the Swaziland Theatre Club on Saturday 13 July, 2013. INTRODUCTION Colleagues and friends it gives me great pleasure to welcome you to our second Annual General Meeting here at the Mbabane Theatre Club. This year,Continue reading “MISA-Swaziland Chairman’s AGM report 2012”

MISA-Swaziland National Director’s AGM report 2012

The following report was presented by MISA-Swaziland National Director Vuyisile Hlatshwayo at the Annual General Meeting, held at the Swaziland Theatre Club on Saturday 13 July, 2013. Board of Trustees, NGC Chairperson, Members of the NGC, EBC Deputy Chairman, OSISA Programme Manager, Distinguished Delegates, Ladies and Gentlemen, INTRODUCTION I request you all to stand upContinue reading “MISA-Swaziland National Director’s AGM report 2012”