DEATH OF MISA'S BRIGHT MWAPE SADDENS MEDIA FREEDOM COMMUNITY
Mwape, who co-chaired the International Freedom of Expression eXchange (IFEX) Annual Meeting in Capetown in April, was instrumental in organizing the IFEX meeting and those who attended appreciated his warmth and generosity. He was a pleasure to work with and will be remembered fondly as a dedicated journalist and media freedom campaigner, as well as a good-hearted man with a kind nature. Mwape was also on the IFEX Council and was an active contributor to the IFEX network. He is well known to IFEX members and subscribers not only as a media freedom campaigner, but as the subject of IFEX action alerts from his work at the Zambian newspaper "The Post". He was jailed in 1996 for contempt of Parliament after publishing articles which criticized statements made in Parliament by Zambia's Vice-President.
MISA calls Mwape's death "a profound loss," and says, "He will be mourned by his colleagues at MISA's Regional Secretariat in Windhoek and its members throughout the SADC region. Mwape was characterized by his high professional standards, his commitment to the cause of media freedom and his extraordinary work ethic." MISA has received outpourings of grief and support from around the world over his tragic death. He is to be buried in Zambia.