MISA works with electoral management bodies to improve communication during elections
MISA-Regional / Statement

MISA works with electoral management bodies to improve communication during elections

MISA-Regional Statement 31 OCTOBER 2013, JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA — On 1 November 2013, the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) will partner with the media project of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Africa (fesmedia Africa), the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA) and the Electoral Commissions Forum of SADC (ECF-SADC) to deliver a workshop with SADC electoral management … Continue reading

‘We are now on the verge of becoming political pariahs on our own continent’ — Times of Swaziland echoes election concerns
Alert / Media Alert

‘We are now on the verge of becoming political pariahs on our own continent’ — Times of Swaziland echoes election concerns

MISA-Swaziland | Alert September 26 2013 Swaziland’s only independently-owned newspaper has echoed the concerns of election observers, suggesting that the country is “far behind the curve when it comes to our political structure”. In its editorial on September 24, four days after the national election, the Times of Swaziland said the Southern African Development Community (SADC) … Continue reading

Governing starts with the people
Constitutionally Speaking / Media Alert

Governing starts with the people

In theory, when a citizen votes for a parliamentary representative, that representative is meant to embody the will of the person who voted for him or her.  Phakama Shili, advocacy officer at Swaziland’s Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA-Swaziland), writes a weekly column for the Swazi Observer. The column, ‘Constitutionally Speaking’, considers human rights and the quest for democracy in … Continue reading

Journalists’ safety, access to information a pre-requisite in ensuring credible elections in Zimbabwe
Media Alert / MISA-Regional / Statement

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 offer … Continue reading

The role of the media during elections
Constitutionally Speaking / Media Alert

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 of … Continue reading