MISA Zimbabwe has written to the Speaker of Parliament on 4 August 2021, to highlight its concerns arising from the recommittal of the Cybersecurity and Data Protection Bill to the Senate.
Media law reform and legislation
The Zimbabwe Media Commission Act seeks to make further provision with regard to the functions of the Commission, to provide for the manner in which the Commission exercises its functions, to provide for the investigation and hearing procedure by the Commission of complaints received and to provide for the secretariat of the Commission among other.
MISA Zimbabwe is encouraged by the robust and non-partisan debate in Parliament on 24 September 2020 on the Zimbabwe Media Commission Bill.
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.
The Zimbabwe Media Commission has assured MISA Zimbabwe that there were no ill intentions on its part with regards to the new accreditation categories and that it would be as flexible as possible when the accreditation process for 2020 commences next week.
MISA Zimbabwe and Media Alliance of Zimbabwe recommend that independence of the Zimbabwe Media Commission be guarded by ensuring that the minister’s powers to interfere with its operations are removed.
A preliminary summary comparison of the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (AIPPA) and the recently gazetted Freedom of Information Bill (FOI Bill).