Media freedom, independence and diversity
In conjunction with fesmedia Africa, MISA Malawi also publishes the African Media Barometer Malawi – a general analysis of Malawi’s media landscape and press freedom trends.
Three-tier broadcasting system
MISA Malawi also actively campaigns for media law reform and institutional and policy changes that further an independent, pluralistic and sustainable three-tier system of broadcasting.
The three-tier system means having community, public and commercial broadcasting that provide content for local, regional and national audiences. It enhances diversity and can help combat the domination of state broadcasters and the exclusion of minority voices.
Community media is operated in the community, for the community, about the community and by the community. It is independent, free from political or commercial interference and can provide public platforms for debate and discussion, and also promote social agendas.
The reach of community media, particularly radio, means it provides information and a platform of expression to rural and remote, grassroots communities that may not be represented in other media. The main challenge faced by community radio in Malawi is the difficulty in sustaining themselves beyond initial donor seed money.
Public service broadcasting
Public service broadcasting is created, financed and controlled by the public, for the public. It is neither commercial nor state-owned, and is therefore free from political or commercial interference.
Public service broadcasting informs, educates and entertains. It is an essential part of a pluralistic, diverse broadcasting sector.
MISA Malawi is lobbying for the transformation of the Malawi Broadcasting Corporation from a state broadcaster into a public service broadcaster. It is also advocating for the independence of the Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority.
Media freedom news
MISA Malawi joins the rest of the world in celebrating World Press Freedom Day (WPFD) with a call for media independence, professionalism and integrity. This year’s WPFD is being celebrated under the theme ‘Journalism without fear or favour’. The 2020 WPFD theme is a...
MISA Malawi shares its Way Forward recommendations for defending media freedom, freedom of expression and access to information to mark World Press Freedom Day 2020. [highlight1]MEDIA PROFESSIONALISM AND INDEPENDENCE[/highlight1] Promote media self-regulation...
The Malawi Chapter of the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA Malawi) will this year celebrate World Press Freedom Day (WPFD) under the theme ‘Journalism Without Fear or Favour’ to focus on taking action to secure independent journalism, which is one of the...
The High Court in Lilongwe has reserved its ruling on MISA Malawi’s application for an order stopping the Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA) from implementing the ban on phone-in programmes until a judicial review of the decision is undertaken. High...
The Chapter would like to inform the membership that it has decided to seek the High Court's intervention over the decision by the Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA), to suspend phone-in programmes. MACRA suspended phone-in programmes on all...