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 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...

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...