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AIPPA to stay - Minister
October 14, 2011
The Minister of Justice and Legal Affairs Patrick Chinamasa on 12
October 2011 said the draconian Access
to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (AIPPA) and the
Order and Security Act will not be amended. In his concluding
in Geneva, Switzerland, on the occasion of the adoption of Zimbabwe¹s
Universal Periodic Review (UPR) report by the working group of the
Human Rights Council (HRC), Chinamasa defended the two laws saying
they were here to stay.
President, there was too much reference to POSA and AIPPA, especially
from the Western Group. These two pieces of legislation are not
inventions by Zimbabwe and they are there to stay. These pieces
do not violate any fundamental freedoms as long as their letter
and spirit is followed", he said.
notes that the Minister¹s assertions contradict the Secretary
for Media, Information and Publicity George Charamba who in July
this year said AIPPA would only be amended after the completion
of the ongoing constitution-making process.
the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Media, Information and
Communication Technology the government had put AIPPA amendments
on the back burner ostensibly because government must first complete
the drafting of a new Constitution.
reiterates its unequivocal demands for the inclusion of constitutional
provisions that explicitly guarantee media freedom and the citizens¹
right to access to information in the envisaged new constitution.
The two constitutional provisions in question will effectively deal
severe blows to laws such as AIPPA which impinge on media freedom
and citizens¹ rights to freedom of expression and access to
the MISA-Zimbabwe fact
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