Media freedom monitoring
To do this, we compile a list of media violations and victories – accurate and detailed records of abuses of, or progress toward, a free, independent, diverse and pluralistic media as envisaged by the Windhoek Declaration.
Media violations are issued in the form of alerts to educate people about the nature of the abuse and highlight trends. Alerts can also serve as advocacy tools and inform research to help influence changes to legislation and policy, as well as help bring perpetrators to justice.
Media violations include:
- when journalists are physically or verbally assaulted, threatened, injured, kidnapped, disappear, arrested, killed, censored, denied credentials or wrongfully expelled during the course of their work or as a direct result of their work
- when news outlets are attacked, illegally searched, censored, closed by force, raided, unable to report, broadcast or publish because of factors such as the confiscation of equipment, blocking of their online site or the jamming of transmissions
- when new legislation or changes to legislation hinder journalists from conducting their work freely and without fear.
We use this information to compile the annual State of the Media Report that tabulates the alerts and analyses them against the prevailing media environment. This report feeds into the MISA regional report, So this is Democracy? which ranks and measures the performance of Zimbabwe against other countries in the Southern African region.
Media freedom news from our chapters
Journalists free to cover the ZEC mobile voter registration exercise
Journalists are free to cover the ongoing Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) mobile voter registration exercise using their Zimbabwe Media Commission-issued press cards. On 13 March 2023, the Centre for Innovation & Technology (CITE), a Bulawayo-based media house...
New MISA Zimbabwe Legal & ICT Policy Lead
MISA Zimbabwe is happy to introduce its new Legal and ICT Policy Lead, Ms Helen Sithole, effective from the 16th of March 2023. Before joining MISA Zimbabwe, Ms Sithole was the South African Society for Labour Law Legal Manager. Ms Sithole started her career as a...
Freedom of expression, access to information and media freedom critical for credible elections in Southern Africa
By Tabani Moyo Four Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries are scheduled for elections in 2023. The four are the Democratic Republic of Congo, Eswatini, Madagascar and Zimbabwe. Eswatini stands out among the four nations, as the monarchy has gone...
Call for Applications: IJP German-Southern African Bursary 2023
Dear Colleagues, We would like to draw your attention to the call for applications for this year’s Horst Köhler Fellowship Programme / Southern African Bursary and we kindly ask you to spread the word among fellow journalists. Applications are still possible...
MISA Zimbabwe position on barring of NewsDay from covering national events
The continuous barring of journalists from the privately owned NewsDay from covering important national events is now a cause for great concern necessitating an urgent meeting of the minds for an amicable resolution of the matter at hand. In an editorial in its...