The signing into law of the Freedom of Information Act as part of the processes of repealing the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (AIPPA) is a significant milestone in Zimbabwe’s law reforms agenda.
Access to information
While the media, particularly print, have been able to innovate and survive these challenges, the COVID-19 pandemic presents an existential threat to an industry that was already limping in the SADC region.
This research was compiled by Izak Minnaar, to assist MISA Zimbabwe to strategically advocate for the right to access information and the internet, using the African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms and other advocacy instruments.
MISA Zimbabwe shares its Way Forward recommendations for defending media freedom, freedom of expression and access to information to mark World Press Freedom Day 2020.
High Court judge Justice Mafusire has ordered the Ministry of Health and Child Care and the Ministry of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services to promote citizens’ access to information pertaining to Coronavirus.
MISA Zimbabwe notes with concern that highly questionable fees, which do not promote the exercise of rights, have been effected recently by different agencies.
The official endorsement of 28 September as the Right to Know Day is an opportunity the government should seize to domesticate international instruments.
This year’s Right to Know Day comes at a timely moment for Zimbabwe following the gazetting of the country’s Freedom of Information Bill.
MISA Zimbabwe, with the support of undersigned freedom of expression organisations from around the globe, in the spirit of constructive engagement and consultations pertaining to the law reform process, respectfully submits concerns with the gazetted Freedom of Information Bill
We have just published a detailed Commentary on the Freedom of Information Bill, complete with recommendations on further improvements that can still be made on the Bill before it is passed into law.