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 its Freedom of Expression and Access to Information Programme, aims to address the challenges affecting media freedom and freedom of expression. The 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 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.

MISA Zambia advocates for legislative changes to media laws and particularly the repeal of laws that criminalise the work of the media. The organisation has adopted new innovative and effective advocacy strategies and developed clear advocacy messages. As part of its advocacy efforts, MISA Zambia has also increased its contacts and engagement with the National Assembly, the Executive and civil society organisations while also supporting grassroots organisations in their push for information access.

Universal Access to Information Day (Right to Know Day)

MISA Zambia celebrates Universal Access to Information Day every year on 28th September. The day is used to raise awareness about the importance of the right of access to information in Zambia.

Access to information news from our chapters

Government should expedite enactment of ATI law

Government should expedite enactment of ATI law

MISA Zambia has called on the government to expedite the enactment of the Access to Information (ATI) Bill into law. The government has pledged full support towards intentions by the Zambian media to operate under statutory self-regulation. “You may be aware that...

Access to Information Brief podcasts

Access to Information Brief podcasts

The Access To Information (ATI) Brief is a 5-minute audio series aimed at raising awareness on Zambia’s Access to Information Bill the podcast series is produced by MISA Zambia. The Access to Information Bill is popularly known as ATI Bill. Zambia has over the last...

Access to Information Brief podcasts

Access to Information Brief podcasts

The Access To Information (ATI) Brief is a 5-minute audio series aimed at raising awareness on Zambia’s Access to Information Bill. the podcast series is produced by MISA Zambia. The Access to Information Bill is popularly known as ATI Bill. Zambia has over the last...

Zambia: Protecting freedom of expression and information in 2020

Zambia: Protecting freedom of expression and information in 2020

[dropcap1]M[/dropcap1]ISA Zambia shares its Way Forward recommendations for defending media freedom, freedom of expression and access to information to mark World Press Freedom Day 2020. [highlight1]ACCESS TO INFORMATION[/highlight1] Increase advocacy for the...

Zambia media self – regulation; what the media must know!

Zambia media self – regulation; what the media must know!

Media Self Regulation in Zambia Brief background; In February 2019, Government through the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Services (MIBS) issued a 3 months ultimatum for the media fraternity to come up with a media regulatory framework for Zambia, failure to...