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Media Institute for Southern Africa (MISA)
Region: Sub-Saharan Africa
The Media Institute of Southern Africa advocates for media freedom and freedom of expression in southern Africa. MISA programmes have grown and now have a global outreach especially through its media violations monitoring programme. As a result, MISA’s work and agenda have also been taken up by many civic organisations in the region, thereby creating consciousness of the linkages between media freedom, freedom of expression and broader human rights and democratic campaigns.
The founding of MISA was triggered by the Windhoek Declaration on Promoting Independent and Pluralistic Media in Africa of 1991. The MISA Education and Production Trust was registered on 12 October 1994 in Windhoek, Namibia, by a group of activist media practitioners. The aim of the Trust is to promote and strengthen a pluralistic and independent media in Southern Africa as a pillar of the democratic process. MISA was formed against the backdrop of media violations and harassment of journalists by governments in the region.
MISA’s mission is to achieve media freedom and free expression for all as an essential part of strengthening democracy in southern Africa. We aim to create a media environment that:
- Has a vibrant, professional and participatory media sector
- Sustains independence, pluralism and a diversity of views and opinions, media sustainability, competency and professionalism
- Allows all members of society to exercise their right to access information, making citizens more informed and strengthening democracy
- Allows all members of society to exercise their basic human right to freely express themselves through any media they choose.
Country registered in: Zimbabwe
- Sub-Saharan Africa