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

Government embarks on media policy reforms

Government embarks on media policy reforms

The UPND government says it has embarked on key policy and legal reforms aimed at widening the space for freedom of expression and freedom of the media. Speaking during the legal Hand Book launch this morning, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information and...

MISA Zambia launches legal hand book

MISA Zambia launches legal hand book

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;...

Government commends media’s response on self-regulation

Government commends media’s response on self-regulation

Minister of Information and Media, Honorable Chushi Kasanda has commended the media fraternity in Zambia for being proactive and mobilising themselves to translate the presidential pronouncement on self-regulation into action a few days after the announcement....

TWG maps media regulation roadmap for Zambia

TWG maps media regulation roadmap for Zambia

The Technical Working Group (TWG) on Statutory Media Self-Regulation has mapped out a road map on the set-up of the statutory self-regulation Body- Zambia Media Council (ZAMEC). In a communique issued to the media, TWG Chairperson Ernest Chanda says the media...