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plans to amend AIPPA
June 22, 2004
plans to amend sections of the Access to Information and Protection
of Privacy Act. The amendments to the Act appeared in a government
gazette released on 18 June 2004.
the principal Act to be amended include Section 40 which initially
compelled members of the board of the commission to be appointed
from nominees of an association of journalists and an association
of media houses.
Section 40 ("Appointment and composition of Media
and Information Commission’) of the Access to Information and Protection
of Privacy Act [Chapter 10:27] (Act No. 5 of 2002) (is amended in
subsection (2) by the deletion of "and an association of media
houses" and the substitution of "or an association of
media houses or both".
in effect now means that the nominations will be received from either
or both such types of associations.
which prohibits unaccredited or suspended journalists from practicing,
has been amended so as to provide a penalty provision, which is
person who contravenes this subsection (1) or (2) shall be guilty
of an offence and liable to a fine not exceeding level seven or
to imprisonment for a period not exceeding two years or both such
fine and such imprisonment.
The Bill also
seeks to amend paragraph 4 of the Fourth Schedule of the Act that
deals with the dismissal or suspension of members of the MIC, so
as to provide for the appointment of an Independent Disciplinary
Committee to determine whether any member of the commission suspended
by the Minister for misconduct should be dismissed.
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