Media freedom monitoring and safety of journalists

MISA Malawi monitors, records and collates media freedom and freedom of expression violations in Malawi.

This includes tracking incidents of harassment, attacks and assault as well as arbitrary detention and sentencing that restrict the work of individual media professionals and threatens journalists’ safety. We also track actions that violate people’s right to freedom of expression, including the right to online expression.

We post individual reports on media freedom violations to our website. We also publish the annual So This is Democracy report which collates these incidents.

Media freedom monitoring helps us provide relevant support to journalists, media practitioners and institutions whose rights are violated. The research aspect also enables MISA Malawi to develop a greater understanding of media violations and allows the organisation to identify and track emerging issues and trends.

Media violations

Press freedom declines significantly in Southern Africa

Press freedom declines significantly in Southern Africa

Press freedom in Southern Africa has significantly declined in the past year, with several countries declining in the annual Reporters Without Borders’ World Press Freedom Index.  However, improvements were recorded in Tanzania, Malawi, Eswatini, Zimbabwe, and Angola....

MISA Malawi calls for free media ahead of 2025 Malawi elections

MISA Malawi calls for free media ahead of 2025 Malawi elections

MISA Malawi joins the rest of the world in celebrating World Press Freedom Day (WPFD) today with a call for the government, political parties and electoral candidates to ensure free and independent media ahead of September 16 2025 tripartite elections. May 3 each year...