Access to Information
It is your fundamental human right to ask for, and receive, information held by public organisations and bodies. It is critically important to make sure information held by public, and in some cases private, institutions is available and accessible to citizens.
The right to seek, access and receive information is guaranteed by Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 9 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights, and Article 4 of the Declaration of Principles on Freedom of Expression in Africa. It is also recognised in many of the Constitutions of southern African countries.
MISA Zambia, through this programme Freedom of Expression and Access to Information Programme (FEAI), aims to address the challenges affecting media freedom and freedom of expression. This programme promotes research and advocacy on media freedom, freedom of expression and Access to Information (ATI). We employ different strategies including public education on the importance of Access to Information (ATI) legislation. Further, MISA Zambia seeks to actively engage key stakeholders and decision makers, who may have influence in getting the Access to Information Bill, enacted. The organization additionally collaborates with the MISA Regional Secretariat, which is spearheading a continent-wide campaign for Access to Information targeting African states.
MISA Zambia has reinvigorated its advocacy for legislative changes to media laws and particularly the repeal of laws that criminalize the work of the media. New innovative and effective advocacy strategies have been adopted and clear advocacy messages developed. MISA Zambia has also increased its contacts and engagement with Parliament, the Executive and civil society organisations as part of its advocacy efforts on one hand, while harnessing grassroots demand on the other.
Right to Information Day
MISA and the African Platform on Access to Information working group are calling on the United Nations to endorse 28 September as International Right to Information Day, giving an official stamp to the occasion already marked by many national governments and civil society organisations around the world for more than a decade.
Right to Information Day will be a date to raise awareness about the importance of the right of access to information throughout the world.