Mapping the state of surveillance in Zimbabwe, Namibia and South Africa

The Media Policy and Democracy Project (MPDP) invites you to the launch of two new research reports on communications surveillance issues in Zimbabwe and Namibia.

Dr Admire Mare, the author of the Namibian research report, will be in conversation with the University of Johannesburg’s Professor Jane Duncan and Professor Nyasha Mboti as well as Sam Sole of the amaBhungane Centre for Investigative Journalism – who recently brought a successful court challenge to South Africa’s surveillance laws.

While there is a growing body of research about surveillance issues in the ‘global north’, the launch these research reports will be a chance to reflect on the emerging pictures of communications surveillance in different Southern African societies. What do we know? What is still unknown or remains secret? What commonalities do we see across the region? Perhaps most importantly, what steps are needed to ensure that state surveillance practices in the region adhere to democratic principles and oversight?

Discussants:

  • Dr Admire Mare (Department of Communication, the Namibia University of Science and Technology)
  • Prof Nyasha Mboti (Department of Communication Studies, University of Johannesburg)
  • Professor Jane Duncan (School of Journalism, Film and Television, University of Johannesburg)
  • Sam Sole (Managing partner, amaBhungane Centre for Investigative Journalism)
  • Date ■ Thursday 31 October 2019
    Time ■ 17.30-19.00
    Venue■University of Johannesburg, Faculty of Humanities Common Room, C Ring 319, Auckland Park, Kingsway Campus
    RSVP ■ jftassistant@uj.ac.za