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Association Professionnelle

Media Institute of Southern Africa MISA NAMIBIA

Contact : David Lush - Zoé Titus // Kaitira Kandjii, programme manager
Adresse / Address : 21 Johann Albrecht Street, Windhoek West
Private Bag 133 86       Windhoek
Tel. : 264-61-23 29 75
Fax. : 264-61-24 80 16
EMail : // 
Created : 1994 Statut : Privé

Mission Statement : Background to MISA The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) is a non-governmental organisation with members in 11 of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) countries. Officially launched in September 1992, MISA focuses primarily on the need to promote free, independent and pluralistic media, as envisaged in the 1991 Windhoek Declaration. MISA seeks ways in which to promote the free flow of information and co-operation between media workers, as a principal means of nurturing democracy and human rights in Africa The role of the MISA is primarily one of a coordinator, facilitator and communicator, and for this reason MISA aims to work together with all like-minded organisations and individuals to achieve a genuinely free and pluralistic media in southern Africa The MISA Secretariat The MISA Secretariat is based in Windhoek NAMIBIA and its main tasks are: * Advocacy: To conduct advocacy in accordance to the organisation's mission, act on media freedom violations and conduct research as the basis of specialised and popularised publications. * News Exchange: To facilitate news exchange (to make sure that local news from the independent media is made accessible to the whole region and that regional news from the independent media is made accessible to the world) * Capacity Building: To capacitate national chapters, individual members and the independent media * Management: To establish and implement financial control systems for MISA programmes and core functions, develop and maintain a rolling planning system for MISA strategies, programmes and core functions and liaise with key opinion- and decision makers central to the fulfillment of the organisation's mission. NATIONAL CHAPTERS To establish a MISA platform in each of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries, recruit all institutional and individual members representing the independent media in the region.

Affiliation : IFEX

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The MISA website offers a very rich and diversified information: news about the media scene in the SADC countries, alerts about press freedom and freedom of expression issues in the region, communiqués about training opportunities, links to the MISA national chapters, to newspapers and broadcasters of the SADC countries on line, links to MISA partners and sisters-organisations active in the promotion of press freedom. From the web site there are some interesting documents which can be dowloaded: MISA annual reports 2003 and 2004, MISA constitution; "This is democracy": the annual state of Press Freedom in Southern Africa produced by MISA. MISA is the leading organisation advocating towards the promotion of Community Radio station in the Southern part of Africa, as well as of public service broadcasting. One MISA programme deserves special attention by the media practitioners in the region : the SCHOLARSHIP EXCHANGE PROGRAMME: As part of its ongoing commitment to training, MISA offers a scholarship exchange programme, which is facilitated by the Regional Secretariat in Windhoek, Namibia. The programme assists individual media practitioners in all areas of the media (managerial, editorial, advertising, and technical) to work on attachment in another media institution to learn new skills and develop existing ones. This includes both full-time employees and freelancers. Individuals who are involved in human rights organisations in a media capacity may also be considered. All applicants must be MISA members and annual subscriptions to the relevant MISA national chapter must be paid up in full. Applications can be made at any time of the year.

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