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

Malawi moves to repeal laws on sedition

Malawi moves to repeal laws on sedition

MISA Malawi applauds the move by the Government of Malawi to repeal some sections of the Penal Code and the Protected Flag, Emblems and Names Act in order to stop criminal offences on sedition. Notices from the Attorney General (AG) Thabo Chakaka-Nyirenda to the...

The 2021 MISA Regional Annual Report is now Available!

The 2021 MISA Regional Annual Report is now Available!

This is an snippet from the Chairperson’s Report The year 2021 was one of consolidation and the repositioning of our organisation in the aftermath of the several headwinds that we faced. When we started this journey – midway through 2021 – we dared to dream and our...

MACRA should reverse revocation of Rainbow Television licence

MACRA should reverse revocation of Rainbow Television licence

MISA Malawi has noted with concern the revocation of Rainbow Television’s licence by Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA). On Friday, June 10, 2022, MACRA Director General Daud Suleiman announced in a statement the revocation of the station's licence...