DOWNLOAD: MISA commentary on Zimbabwe MediaCommission Bill

Introduction The Zimbabwe government gazetted the Commentary on the Zimbabwe Media Commission Bill (hereinafter the Bill) on 9 August 2019. This relatively short Bill seeks to give effect to Sections 61, 248 and 249 of Zimbabwe’s 2013 Constitution. Section 61 of the Constitution is on the right to freedom of expression and freedom of the media while Sections …

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MISA Calls On Government To Investigate The Abduction Of Comedian Gonyeti From Bustop TV

MISA Zimbabwe urges the Zimbabwean authorities and the police to swiftly investigate the case involving the reported assault and abduction of Bustop TV comedian Samantha Kureya by unidentified armed men from her home in Harare’s high-density suburb of Mufakose. These acts of lawlessness cannot be allowed to continue with impunity given the serious risk they pose to …

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Govt concerned by “unfair criticism” of Freedom of Information Bill

By Tafadzwa Muranganwa The government says some criticism being levelled against the Freedom of Information Bill are not fair and urged stakeholders in the media to wait for the other two media Bills to effectively measure the genuineness of the new administration on media reforms Various stakeholders and media experts have labelled the new Bill …

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PRESS STATEMENT: MAZ Minimum Demands On Media Law reforms

MEDIA ALLIANCE OF ZIMBABWE (MAZ) PRESS STATEMENT ON THE MAZ MINIMUM DEMANDS ON THE MEDIA LAWS REFORM PROCESS As the media laws reform process gathers momentum, the Media Alliance of Zimbabwe (MAZ) reaffirms media stakeholders’ minimum demands on the necessary interventions that ought to be undertaken to fully democratise the country’s media and information sector. …

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PRESS STATEMENT: MAZ Elects New Leadership

MEDIA ALLIANCE OF ZIMBABWE (MAZ) PRESS STATEMENT ON THE ELECTION OF NEW LEADERSHIP Media Alliance of Zimbabwe (MAZ) has elected Tabani Moyo as chairperson of the media freedom advocacy network with immediate effect.  Moyo, who is the Director of the Zimbabwe Chapter of the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA), takes over from Media Monitors …

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4 Out of 10 Zimbos Think the Media is Free

Wisdom Mumera Only 4 out of 10 Zimbabweans see the media as ‘completely free’ or ‘partly free with minor problems’ according to an Afrobarometer survey. The majority of the people believe that the media should have a right to publish any views or ideas without government control. The nationally representative survey was completed in 2017 …

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Narrative of State Violence and Missed Promises in MISA Media Report

By Staff Reporter The media report by MISA aptly captures the dire state of the country; an unbalanced scenario of high hopes against a reality of perpetual crisis. From the political challenges to the media problems continuing to weigh down the sector. Below are captured some of the highlights from the report. -In 2018 they …

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MISA State of the Media Full Report 2018

By Wisdom Mumera The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) has released a report on the state of the country’s media for 2018. Touching  on various areas of the sector the institution however laments the false dawn of a new era. “The elections were poignant as they were supposed to cleanse Zimbabwe of its previously …

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Mobile Apps for Journalists in Danger

By Wisdom Mumera Two innovative phone applications for journalists developed by the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) have the potential to curb victimization and facilitate speedy assistance according to the creators. The JournoSOS application and the MISA Zimbabwe Panic Button are phone applications launched by MISA in the run-up to the 2018 elections in …

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Will there be any light?: Revisiting public officials threats to social media users

By Watmore Makokoba Internet users in Zimbabwe remain sceptical is there is ever going to be assured cybersecurity and respect for the fundamental right to freedom of expression given some past utterances by government officials suggesting a rather deliberate onslaught on social media users. As many agree, freedom of expression through social media platforms should […]

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