Who We Are
The Media Institute of Southern Africa is a non-governmental organization with national chapters in 11 of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) countries. Officially launched in 1992, MISA focuses primarily on the need to promote free, independent and diverse pluralistic media, as envisaged in the 1991 Windhoek Declaration on Promoting Free and Independent Press.
MISA seeks ways in which to promote the free flow of information and co-operation among media workers, as a principle means of nurturing democracy and human rights in southern Africa. The assumption is that the free flow of information will lead to an informed society that has the capacity to influence how it is governed.
MISA Zimbabwe focuses primarily on the need to promote free, independent and diverse pluralistic media, as envisaged in the 1991 Windhoek Declaration on Promoting Free and Independent Press. Free expression and access to information have also become critical components in MISA-Zimbabwe’s work and incorporates awareness raising to the citizenry on their rights to both as guaranteed in Sections 61 & 62 of the country’s Constitution.
The vision of MISA Zimbabwe is a Zimbabwe in which the media environment enjoys freedom of expression, independence from political, economic and commercial interest, pluralism of views and opinions. Our vision is of a country where members of the society, individually or collectively are free to express themselves through any media of their choice without hindrance of any kind. Access to information must be unhindered.
The mission and vision of MISA Zimbabwe are based on values that seek to:
- Advance the aims and objectives of the Windhoek Declaration of 1991;
- Promote a self-reliant, non-partisan and independent media that informs, empowers, educates and entertains;
- Nurture media freedom in an ethical, competent and professional media environment;
- Strengthen and support the development of a vibrant and participatory media sector;
- Lobby for access to information in order to ensure transparency and citizen participation in government, judiciary and legislative issues and;
- Promote democracy, human rights and the advancement of equality, human dignity, freedom and non-discrimination.