MISA Zimbabwe was registered as a Trust on 27 August 1995. It established a fully fledged secretariat in August 1997.
In the past two decades, MISA Zimbabwe has scored successes in its lobbying for media reforms. These successes have been achieved through people-centred advocacy for a conducive media environment and greater recognition of the rights to freedom of expression and access to information for the people of Zimbabwe.
Key successes include:
- The adoption of progressive and explicit constitutional provisions on media freedom, freedom of expression and access to information in the country’s 2013 Constitution.
- The partial opening up of the broadcasting sector though the licensing of two national and eight provincial commercial radio stations. This follows years of MISA Zimbabwe’s campaigning for broadcasting diversity and calling for the opening up of the broadcasting sector to include public, community and commercial broadcasting.
- The Constitutional Court ruling that Section 96 of the Criminal Law Codification and Reform Act, which made defamation a criminal offence, be struck off.