Home 9 Digital rights 9 MISA Zambia calls for collaborations among stakeholders on fundamental freedoms advocacy

MISA Zambia calls for collaborations among stakeholders on fundamental freedoms advocacy

19 Jul, 2022
Fundamental freedoms must be protected and respected as they are key tenets in any functioning democracy

MISA Zambia has called for strong collaborations among stakeholders in advocating for fundamental freedoms of democracy.

Speaking during the launch of the Freedom of Expression (FOX) Report in Zambia, MISA Zambia National Director, Austin Kayanda said there is need for all stakeholders and the government to work together to have an environment that is free from legal impediments.

Mr. Kayanda said the fundamental Freedoms of the Media, Freedom of Expression and Digital Rights must be protected and respected as they are key tenets in any functioning democracy.

He appealed to government to quicken the process of reviewing and repealing the Laws that negatively impact democracy and enact Laws that will guarantee absolute enjoyment of these fundamental freedoms.
He urged the United Party for National Development (UPND) Government to act on the promises it made to the media and the Zambian people at large and enact these laws.

And speaking at the same event, Ministry of Information and Media Permanent Secretary, Kennedy Kalunga, noted with sadness that Media Freedom, Freedom of Expression and Digital Rights are partially enjoyed in Zambia citing that political interference, media ownership and the existence of certain Laws had continued to infringe these fundamental freedoms of democracy.

Mr. Kalunga stated that the New Dawn Government is an inclusive government with an open-door policy and is working with all stakeholders to ensure that Laws that are going to support and respect the fundamental freedoms of democracy are in place.

He added that government is working tirelessly to ensure that Media Freedoms, Freedom of Expression and Digital Rights are respected and enjoyed absolutely by every citizen without fear, intimidation or harassment.

The Permanent Secretary, said the New Dawn administration is working towards ensuring that an enabling environment is created where Media Institutions, Journalists, Human Rights Activists, Civil Society Organizations and Members of the public are free to interact and share information without fear.

He reminded citizens not to tire but continue advising government on how best to better the environment.

About MISA

The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) was founded in 1992. Its work focuses on promoting, and advocating for, the unhindered enjoyment of freedom of expression, access to information and a free, independent, diverse and pluralistic media.

Share this

Related news

Cyber laws must allow media to facilitate good governance

Cyber laws must allow media to facilitate good governance

MISA Zambia has called on the revision of the Cyber Security and Cyber Crimes Act to enable the media play its watchdog role and facilitate good governance. Speaking during a World Press Freedom Day (WPFD) information session supported by UNESCO, MISA Zambia National...

MISA Zambia demands the right for Access to Information

MISA Zambia demands the right for Access to Information

MISA Zambia says the delays in the enactment of the Access to Information (ATI) law has excluded Zambia from having a more informed and engaged citizenry. During the information session on freedom of expression offline/online and ATI held at Asmara Hotel in Lusaka,...

The 2021 MISA Regional Annual Report is now Available!

The 2021 MISA Regional Annual Report is now Available!

This is an snippet from the Chairperson’s Report The year 2021 was one of consolidation and the repositioning of our organisation in the aftermath of the several headwinds that we faced. When we started this journey – midway through 2021 – we dared to dream and our...