This publication represents joint effort and in particular a collective input from various diverse media professionals and researchers in the SADC region. It ellaborates on the state of the media and the enjoyment of freedom of expression rights in 11 Southern African countries monitored by MISA. The publication brings to the fore myriads of challenges media organisations, practitioners, and freedom of expression activists have to face on a day-to-day basis. And it hopes to address the key issue of the volatile relationship between governments and the media.

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