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Principles that guide the right to access information
July 13, 2010
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World Press Freedom Day theme for 2010, Media Freedom & Access
to Information should be Constitutional Rights! was deliberately
crafted to push for the long overdue inclusion of these separate
provisions in Zimbabwe's envisaged new democratic constitution.
a signatory to the Universal
Declaration of Human Rights, African
Charter on Human and Peoples Rights (ACHPR) and the Banjul Declaration
on the Principles of Freedom of Expression in Africa, among other
international and regional instruments that protect media freedom,
freedom of expression and the citizens' right to access to information.
process therefore offers immense opportunity for Zimbabwe to
fulfill its obligations in terms of the afore-mentioned international
and regional instruments. This will go a long way in opening a new
chapter in Zimbabwe's democratic credentials. This is more so in
the context of fostering citizens participation in fostering responsible
and accountable governance.
In pushing for
these provisions in the constitution MISA-Zimbabwe is guided by
the universal principles that guide the citizens right to access
information held by both public and private bodies.
A free, independent
and unfettered media that is not shackled by repressive laws such
as the Access
to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (AIPPA) and Public
Order and Security Act (POSA) thus plays a fundamental role
in the advancement of citizens' participation in governance issues
and socio-economic stability and prosperity.
the MISA-Zimbabwe fact
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