African govts 'block access to information'

2012-05-03 08:58

kalahari.com

  • Mugabe
    Power, plunder and the struggle for a fallen land. Now R135.00
    buy now
Windhoek - Governments in several southern African countries are concealing information while at the same time trying to exert their political muscle over media operations, a press watchdog said on Wednesday.

"Contemporary experience in southern Africa shows that governments, including those deemed to be progressive - like South Africa - are increasingly becoming secretive, hindering access to information and expressing more fervent desire to exercise political oversight of the media," the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) said in its annual report on media freedom.

MISA singled out regional powerhouse South Africa over its passing of the Protection of Information Bill in November last year, as symbolic of policies elsewhere in the region.

The bill was passed by the National Assembly after the ruling African National Congress hinted it would institute a media appeals tribunal in the country. The bill is still before the upper house of parliament.

"What happens in South Africa is easily a justification for similar policies in the region and elsewhere," the report said.

Focusing on press freedom in 11 countries in the region, the report titled "So this is Democracy?" was published on Wednesday ahead of World Press Freedom day on Thursday.

It cited Lesotho, Malawi, Swaziland and Zimbabwe as having restrictive media laws.

While no journalists died on duty in the past year, MISA said "the environment across southern Africa remains dangerous" with journalists having been physically and verbally assaulted in the course of doing their work.

It said Malawi reporter Isaac Kambwiri suffered police brutality during public protests last July.

South African police admitted to tapping phones of investigative journalists Mzilikazi Wa Afrika and Stephan Hofstetter, who wrote stories on police corruption.

Read more on:    swaziland  |  zimbabwe  |  sa  |  malawi  |  lesotho  |  southern africa  |  media
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
1 comment
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/News

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Pre-order your iPhone 6 at kalahari.com

Hurry and pre-order your own iPhone 6 now at SA’s favourite online store!

Bargain box – 60% off

Reduced prices, very limited stock. While stocks last. Hurry and shop now!

Mind blow low prices on electronics

Get either the Prestigio multiphone or Proline tablet 7” tablet for only R699. Offers valid while stocks last. Shop now!

30% off Barbie toys

Save 30% on all Barbie toys and accessories. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Baby extravanganza month at kalahari.com

Celebrate baby month with a wide range of awesome baby products. Offers valid while stocks last. Shop now.

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

Be open, network and share your intentions and ideas as these may be the vital seeds to the imminent change that can be starting...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.