The government has taken steps towards amending the country’s media laws to align them with the constitution.
This was revealed by the Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Cde Ziyambi Ziyambi in a speech read on her behalf by the Ministry’s permanent secretary, Virginia Mabiza.
She delivered the speech during the 2019 World Press Freedom Day breakfast meeting organised by the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) Zimbabwe. Said Ziyambi:
If these laws are left unattended, not only does it open a flood-gate of constitutional cases, but it also adversely affects the operations of Government and the State, to the detriment of the people. More so, it will tarnish the international image of the country.
The effort to give effect to the constitutional provisions must be welcomed. Section 61 of the Constitution provides for freedom of expression and freedom of the media, which was not guaranteed in the previous Constitution.
The Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (AIPPA) has been the bone of contention between the government and independent media.
Ziyambi revealed that AIPPA was repealed and replaced by the Freedom of Information Bill, the Zimbabwe Media Commission Bill and the Protection of Personal Information/Data Protection Bill.
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