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”

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”

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”

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”

UNESCO pledges support for community radio — Swazi Observer reports

The following article appears in the Swazi Observer newspaper on Friday 12 July, 2013. Click here to be redirected to the Swazi Observer website where the article was sourced from. By Nosipho Shongwe THE United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) yesterday shared guidelines with Community radio stations on how to access funding from the organisation duringContinue reading “UNESCO pledges support for community radio — Swazi Observer reports”

Community radio network launched in Swaziland

MISA-Swaziland Alert July 11 2013 A community radio network has been launched in Swaziland. The network, made up of several community radio lobby groups and NGOs, is campaigning for community radio stations in Swaziland. UNESCO associate project officer Lydia Gachungi, who made a presentation at the event, said from the SADC countries that UNESCO supports, Swaziland isContinue reading “Community radio network launched in Swaziland”

Media must respect and protect children — Swazi journalist

This article, by Swazi student and journalist Ian Lwazi Dlamini, forms part of a series on media and children. Ian wrote this article for MISA-Swaziland after attending a recent MISA and Save the Children training session on ethical media reporting of children. “The press has great power to affect the lives of millions of people.Continue reading “Media must respect and protect children — Swazi journalist”

Learning from the children: MISA and Save the Children media training

The Media Institute of Southern Africa in Swaziland (MISA-Swaziland) and Save the Children are running a training and research program on young people and the media. Over three days in June 2013 MISA-Swaziland trained nine journalists on how to report when young people are involved in the story. The training was part theoretical (reading over ethical guidelines on reportingContinue reading “Learning from the children: MISA and Save the Children media training”