MISA Zambia has launched a legal handbook that highlights various laws that relate to the freedom of expression, media freedom and digital rights in Zambia and how these laws impact these rights and freedoms.
The handbook is divided into seven (07) modules including; International law on Freedom of expression, Zambian constitutional Framework, Zambian legal framework on freedom of expression, Access to Information, Digital Rights, Broadcasting and Telecommunications and Advocacy and law reform on freedom of expression.
Speaking during the launch of the hand book, Ministry of Information and Media permanent Secretary Kennedy Kalunga has expressed gratitude to MISA Zambia and its partners for continually promoting a free and independent media.
“I invite you to join me in applauding MISA Zambia and its partners among them, FHI 360 and Internews under the USAID funded Open Spaces Zambia project, once more for producing this knowledge document. As government, we commend MISA for championing freedom of expression and freedom of the press in Zambia” he says.
He says that the production of the handbook will support media practitioners, social media users, Human Rights defenders and citizens with quality information on freedom of expression, media freedom and digital rights and quality information that will enable them to engage with relevant Government officials on legislation and policy.
The hand book has been launched under the USAID Open Spaces Zambia Project funded by the USAID and implemented by the Internews in partnership with FHI360.
The Open Spaces Zambia project supports an open inclusive environment in which media, civil society and activists provide accurate and impartial information that promotes participation, inclusion and accountability.