Media law and reform

The right to express oneself is a fundamental human right outlined in International Law. However, most societies would agree there are types of expression that are not acceptable and which conflict with other human rights, such as promoting hate speech.

For this reason, Governments use laws to limit freedom of expression if it conflicts with other human rights, such as the protection of the rights or reputations of others, national security, public order, public health and morals. Unfortunately, governments, private institutions and individuals around the world can abuse such limitations, using legislation and the judicial system unjustly to control expression and quash opposing views.

Media law reform news from our chapters

National Cyber Security Policy approved

National Cyber Security Policy approved

The Zambian Cabinet has approved the National Cyber Security Policy which is it says will ensure that effective mechanisms are put in place for a well-coordinated. Speaking in a statement issued by Chief government spokesperson Dora Siliya, Cabinet approved the...

Provide engagement platforms on cyber law govt urged

Provide engagement platforms on cyber law govt urged

MISA Zambia Chairperson Hellen Mwale has appealed to government through the Ministry of Transport and Communications to provide more platforms of engagement for Civil Society Organisations (CSO) and other citizens to provide input towards the development of cyber laws...

Government has a duty to inform its citizens: Siliya

Government has a duty to inform its citizens: Siliya

Chief government spokesperson Dora Siliya says the government has a duty to constantly inform the people how it is using that mandate to improve their welfare. Speaking during the launch of the government communication policy, Siliya says government developed the...

Free media is crucial to development: MISA Zambia

Free media is crucial to development: MISA Zambia

A free and independent media is crucial to the development of democracy in any country, MISA Zambia has said. Speaking to the Parliamentary Committee on Information and Communication during a policy makers engagement meeting, MISA Zambia Chairperson Hellen Mwale in a...

Zambian Cabinet approves Media Bill

Zambian Cabinet approves Media Bill

The Zambian government has approved the Zambia Council for Journalists Bill, 2020. Speaking in a statement after the 17th cabinet meeting (continuation) held at state House, Chief government spokesperson Dora Siliya says cabinet has approved in principle the...