Report on the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Information, Media and Broadcasting Services public hearings on the Freedom of Information Bill

Introduction

This report summarises key submissions made by Zimbabwean citizens that participated in the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Information, Media and Broadcasting Services’ public hearings on the Freedom of Information Bill.

The Freedom of Information Bill, gazetted on 5 July 2019, will be one of the three laws that will repeal the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (AIPPA). The Bill aims to give effect to Sections 61 and 62 of the Constitution which provide for freedom of expression, media freedom and access to information.

The Portfolio Committee conducted these public hearings as required by Section 141 of the 2013 Zimbabwean Constitution. The public hearings were convened in the country’s 10 provinces.

MISA Zimbabwe and MAZ participated in all the public hearings leading to the compilation of this summary report.

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Source: Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA Zimbabwe) and Media Alliance of Zimbabwe (MAZ)