The 2023 State of the Media report indicates that the absence of the Access to Information Law significantly affects citizens’ participation in public affairs and decision-making processes.
Access to information
The information sessions were conducted under the USAID Open Spaces Zambia Project
MISA Zambia Chairperson, third from left Fr Barnabas Simatede during the launch of the report. Others in the picture include Ministry of Information officials from Zambia, MISA Regional Office staff and UNESCO Regional Office Head
MISA Regional Director Tabani Moyo gave a synopsis of the report, explaining that while there were improvements on some aspects, the issue of impunity for crimes against journalists remained a worry.
The rise of digital technologies has presented new challenges in terms of the legislative environments in the region.
The information session was aimed at building stakeholders’ capacity on the Access to Information (ATI) Bill and advocacy strategies they can employ to push for the ATI Law
The public forum was held at Makalanguzu market in Choma district, Southern Province
As we celebrate the 30th anniversary of World Press Freedom Day, it is sad to note that this comes at a time when the media and the peoples of Southern Africa continue to face various challenges in their respective countries.
Commenting on the latest rankings, MISA Regional Director Tabani Moyo said there was need to sustain the quest for media freedom and build on the improvements over the past year.
Thus, the theme for this year’s World Press Freedom Day – Shaping a Future of Rights: Freedom of expression as a driver for all other human rights – is quite apt as it serves as a reminder of the centrality of freedom of expression in the enjoyment of all other human rights.