The state of press freedom in Southern Africa 2019/2020

MISA Zimbabwe reaffirms the crucial role of the media for the SDGs, Agenda 2063 and sustainable development.

Access to information is a fundamental right to free expression in Africa as in other parts of the world.

However, the safety of journalists and media workers continues to be a huge challenge with increasing reports of attacks such as arbitrary arrest and detention, jailing, physical assault, crippling fines, use of or introduction of laws that are inimical to freedom of expression and even killings, which are used as weapons to silence critical journalism in many countries around the world.

Through the Southern Africa Press Freedom Report, MISA Zimbabwe is presenting highlights of violations against journalists and media workers in line with SDG Goals 16.10.1 and 16.10.2.