Misanet, Southern Africa

Misanet, Southern Africa


Southern African media organisations have begun exchanging news via e-mail. Set up by the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA), a non-governmental organisation promoting media freedom and diversity, the MISANET will link independent newspapers, broadcasters and training institutions in Southern Africa by e-mail. This is a bid to overcome poor, slow and costly communication links which currently hamper the free flow of information in the region (Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Angola, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Lesotho, Swaziland, and South Africa).

The South African newspapers "Weekly Mail" and "Guardian", "The Namibian" daily newspaper, and MISA Headquarters now have Internet access, and are exchanging news stories and information on media freedom issues. It is envisaged that at least another five member organisations will be on line by the end of the year. Managed by MISA headquarters in the Namibian capital Windhoek, the news exchange - which is to include human rights information and economics news - is currently operating on a store-and-forward list server system.

Until now, southern African journalists, and thus their audiences, have been cut off from each other because phone lines in the region are bad, the cost of faxing is prohibitively high, and the mail is slow and notoriously unreliable. For further information about the MISANET, contact MISA Information Coordinator David Lush at - e-mail:; Tel: +264 61 232975; Fax: +264 61 248016, Private Bag 13386, Windhoek, Namibia.

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The above is from the IFEX Communique.

The IFEX Communique is published weekly by the IFEX Clearing House, Toronto. The facility is operated by the Canadian Committee to Protect Journalists in partnership with the member organizations of the International Freedom of Expression eXchange (IFEX). Material may be submitted to the Communique at E-mail:; Fax: (1-416) 867-1034; or Tel: (1-416) 867-1638. Editors this week: Kristina Stockwood and Nick Fillmore. Subscriptions are available by e-mail and surface mail.

From: "Arthur R. McGee" 
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Date: Mon, 19 Sep 1994 21:52:04 -0400
From: Bruce Girard 
Subject: Misanet - south africa

Editor: Ali B. Ali-Dinar
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