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”

MISA-Malawi calls for arrest of parliamentary security officer

Media Institute of Southern Africa, Regional Office, Namibia Statement, 31 May 2013 The Media Institute of Southern Africa’s (MISA) Malawi Chapter is calling upon the National Assembly and the Police to act on Parliamentary Chief Security Officer, Youngson Chilinda, for assaulting Photojournalist Thoko Chikondi. Chilinda allegedly assaulted Chikondi, a photojournalist from one of the country’s majorContinue reading “MISA-Malawi calls for arrest of parliamentary security officer”

MISA applauds launch of African media freedom campaign

Media Institute of Southern Africa, Regional Office, Namibia Statement, 21 May 2013 The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) congratulates the Pan-African Parliament (PAP) on the successful launch of a media freedom campaign across the continent. The campaign was launched in Midrand, South Africa on Wednesday, 15 May 2013. MISA welcomes this long-overdue intervention and pledgesContinue reading “MISA applauds launch of African media freedom campaign”

So This Is Democracy? Swaziland’s media in 2012

MISA-Swaziland’s Annual Statement on the Media Written in February 2013 INTRODUCTION The more things change, the more they stay the same. This proverb aptly describes the unchanged media environment in the Kingdom of Swaziland. Nothing has changed in the seven years since the adoption of a new Constitution in 2005. Section 24 of the ConstitutionContinue reading “So This Is Democracy? Swaziland’s media in 2012”

US Embassy supports MISA-Swaziland’s press freedom event

Statement of Support – U.S. Embassy Swaziland MISA World Press Freedom Day Event May 3, 2013 As the world celebrates World Press Freedom Day, the government of the United States of America adds its voice to those who honor the work of journalists in Swaziland.  World Press Freedom Day is not only a day thatContinue reading “US Embassy supports MISA-Swaziland’s press freedom event”

‘Newspaper editor threatened with jail amid media crackdown’ — Amnesty International

Amnesty International Statement 19 April 2013 A hefty fine imposed against a newspaper editor convicted of contempt in Swaziland and the authorities’ threat to imprison him are further proof of the southern African kingdom’s increasingly aggressive crackdown on independent media and freedom of expression, Amnesty International said. The Swaziland High Court on Wednesday convicted BhekiContinue reading “‘Newspaper editor threatened with jail amid media crackdown’ — Amnesty International”

Statement on World Press Freedom Day: Swaziland Editors Forum

Statement issued by Swaziland Editors Forum 3 May 2013 Swaziland today joins the international community in commemorating World Press Freedom Day (WPFD) The theme: “Safe to Speak: Securing Freedom of Expression in All Media”, immediately reminds us of the trial of our colleague Bheki Makhubu, Editor of the Nation Magazine who the High Court convictedContinue reading “Statement on World Press Freedom Day: Swaziland Editors Forum”

Statement on World Press Freedom Day: MISA Head Office

Media Institute of Southern Africa, Regional Office, Namibia Statement, 3 May 2013 The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) is deeply concerned about the rate at which media freedom and freedom of expression violations are occurring within the southern African region. We are particularly concerned that some of these violations have resulted in the death of journalists and others have resulted in severe body and psychologicalContinue reading “Statement on World Press Freedom Day: MISA Head Office”