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AIPPA amendments passed
November 10, 2004

The Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Amendment Bill 2004 was passed by Parliament on 9 November 2004.

Amendments include; Clause 3 of the Bill, which criminalizes practice by unaccredited journalists by a fine not exceeding level seven or imprisonment for a period not exceeding two years or both.

Clause 2 of the bill seeks to amend Section 40 (2), which requires some members of the board of the Media and Information Commission to be appointed from nominees of an association of media houses.

Clause 4 amends paragraph 4 of the fourth schedule (providing for the dismissal or suspension of members of the commission) so as to provide for the appointment of an Independent disciplinary Committee.

The Bill was passed amid heated debate from the opposition Movement for Democratic Change legislators who felt the Bill would serve to curtail freedom of expression.

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