The regulatory environment in Zimbabwe continues to be defined by restrictive and inhibitive media policies and laws. More than three years after the adoption of the 2013 Constitution, which ushered a universally acceptable Bill of Rights, there has not been any meaningful shift in the country’s legislation or policies to make these constitutional gains a reality.
The government-sanctioned Information and Media Panel of Inquiry (IMPI) on 18 March 2015 officially released its report and recommendations on Zimbabwe’s information and media sectors urging the government to review and repeal the country’s restrictive media laws.
The report recommends the repeal of laws such as the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (AIPPA), Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act (CODE), Broadcasting Services Act (BSA), Censorship and Entertainment Controls Act (CECA) , Official Secrets Act (OSA) and Copyright and Neighbouring Rights Act, among others.
In the face of the obtaining complex socio-economic and political environment, MISA Zimbabwe is the market leader through rolling out a cocktail of high impact activities which keeps the outstanding law reforms issue on the agenda.
In this regard, MISA Zimbabwe rides on its brand strength to reach out to both political parties with a presence in parliament and members of the executive. In addition, MISA Zimbabwe employs both a bottom-up and targeted advocacy and lobby to push for the alignment of media laws to the new constitutional order and advancing the rights to access to information, freedom of expression and media freedom.[/vc_column_text]