The Survival Toolkit for Journalists: How to protect yourself against Digital Surveillance guide was developed in
response to the growing threat of digital surveillance and cyber security legislation, used by governments and
others to track and monitor journalists in their efforts to harass and muzzle journalists from carrying out their
work. The guide provides journalists and media houses with a deeper understanding of the legal frameworks
on cyber security laws in the SADC region, and offers critical knowledge and tools that can be implemented by
journalists and media houses to protect their online spaces, digital footprint and data.
ARISA would like to thank and acknowledge Golden Maunganidze of the Regional Media Institute (MISA) of
Southern Africa, Jean le Roux of DFR Lab and Tawanda Mugari of Digital Society of Africa, for developing the
informative and rich content contained in the Toolkit, we know that it will be an important resource for journalists
across the region.
Specific acknowledgment is also given to Dr. Allen Munoriyarwa, from the University of Johannesburg, who
worked closely with the ARISA team to develop the program and content for the Digital Surveillance training
program and who provided additional insights and expert knowledge into the Toolkit. ARISA would also like to
thank Golden Maunganidze of the Regional Media Institute (MISA) of Southern Africa for writing the Foreword
for the Toolkit.
© Advancing Rights Southern Africa (ARISA)
© Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA)
© DFRLab
© Digital Society Africa

MISA Regional advocates for media freedom and freedom of expression in southern Africa.
Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab (DFRLab) has operationalized the study of disinformation by
exposing falsehoods and fake news, documenting human rights abuses, and building digital resilience
Digital Society of Africa (DSA) works to strengthen the resilience and ability of frontline activists; human rights
defenders and other at-risk groups in the region to independently recognize and respond to digital threats and

This toolkit is made possible by the generous support of the American people through the United States
Agency for International Development (USAID). The contents are the responsibility of ARISA and do not
necessarily reflect the views of USAID or the United States Government.

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