Media freedom and development

MISA Zambia addresses various challenges affecting media freedom as an important principle of democracy. As such, we conduct research and advocacy on the level of media freedom and related policy or legal developments.

To achieve this, we employ different strategies such as public education, legal defense, compilation of alerts, training and other advocacy interventions. Further, MISA Zambia engages key stakeholders and decision makers, who may have influence on the process of enacting media reforms for the betterment of the media landscape.

As part of media development and support, we help to strengthen the role of the media in the governance process to facilitate citizen participation for increased accountability and participatory decision making.  We undertake technical capacity building activities, provision of grants to help with progamme production and development on specific topics in relation to governance and general welfare of rural communities. We also contribute to tertiary training  by linking various training institutions to update and standardise journalism curricula.

Media freedom news from our chapters

State of the media report Q4 2020 now available

State of the media report Q4 2020 now available

MISA Zambia has launched the State of the Media report for the fourth quarter of 2020. Speaking during the launch of the report, MISA Zambia Chairperson Hellen Mwale in a speech read on her behalf by MISA Zambia Board Treasurer Jetty Lungu says there is need for the...

Planned minimum wage for journalists welcome-MISA Zambia

Planned minimum wage for journalists welcome-MISA Zambia

MISA Zambia has welcomed the move by the Ministry of Labour and Social Security to introduce a minimum wage for journalists. Speaking in a statement, MISA Zambia Chairperson Hellen Mwale says the poor conditions of service for most journalists in the country have been...

Media development policy launched

Media development policy launched

The Zambian government has launched the first-ever media development policy as approved by the cabinet during its 17th meeting (continuation) in July 2020. Speaking at the launch of the media development policy and the government communication policy, the Minister of...

A free media is crucial to development- MISA Zambia

A free media is crucial to development- MISA Zambia

A free and independent media is crucial to the development of democracy in any country, MISA Zambia has said. Speaking to the Parliamentary Committee on Information and Communication during a policy makers engagement meeting, MISA Zambia Chairperson Hellen Mwale in a...

Step up efforts to protect journalists, the truth

Step up efforts to protect journalists, the truth

MISA Zambia has called for more efforts to protect the media and in turn the truth. Speaking in a speech issued to commemorate the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against journalists, MISA Zambia Chairperson Hellen Mwale says the number of incidents that...