What we do
MISA Zimbabwe’s work is centered on achieving a diverse, free and professional media in Zimbabwe.
To achieve this, MISA -Zimbabwe core activity is lobbying and advocating for media reforms in the country. Key stakeholders in its efforts include policy makers -the Parliament of Zimbabwe through the relevant Portfolio Committees, the relevant Ministries and their regulatory bodies. These include the Ministry of Media, Information and Broadcasting Services and the two regulatory bodies under its ministry, the Zimbabwe Media Commission and the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe; and the Ministry of Information Communication Technologies, Postal and Courier Services whose and regulatory body is the Postal and Telecommunications Authority of Zimbabwe.
In 2002, MISA Zimbabwe adopted a people-centred strategy in its policy advocacy efforts. This strategy involves ensuring that the ordinary Zimbabweans are a part of the policy making processes. This MISA Zimbabwe does at community level through meetings aimed at by raising awareness on their rights to access information and free expression through an independent and professional media. MISA Zimbabwe’s civic awareness efforts have seen the citizens participate at community and national level in campaigns to reform the media environment. Key achievements in this regard include their participation in the constitutional referendum in 2013. Zimbabweans overwhelmingly made demands for an explicit guarantee for freedom of expression and access to information, which are today found in Sections 61 & 62 of the constitution. and the participation
Owing to the continued hostile environment, MISA Zimbabwe also runs a Media Defence Fund that caters for litigation and legal assistance for journalists and media houses that find themselves on the confronted with law suits, arrests and violations. Over the years, the fund has assisted journalists by catering for medical bills, support while incarcerated and lawyers fees. Recently the fund, MISA Zimbabwe successfully challenged criminal defamation at the Constitutional Court.
MISA Zimbabwe also continues to support the media through training in order to promote professionalism. MISA Zimbabwe’s training initiatives respond to gaps within the sector, needs of the journalists, the ever changing media environment and global trends. Training workshops, mentorship and the production of guides are core to this support that MISA gives to the sector.