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MISA responds to ED’s remarks on media law reforms

Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) Zimbabwe has dismissed President Mnangagwa’s claim that he repealed the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (AIPPA) legislation which also includes media law reforms .

For over a decade now,media practitioners particularly those outside state media in Zimbabwe have been subject to police harassment.

In a statement MISA said (AIPPA) is still in their books and there are no laws that were approved to replace it.

“For the record, the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (AIPPA) at the writing of this communique), is still in our statute books and there are no new laws that were enacted to replace it,”

“The Zimbabwe government has so far based its media law reform process on the need to repeal AIPPA. This law currently regulates three broad areas of law namely, access to information, data protection and regulation of the media industry,”

MISA said government has agreed to split AIPPA into three Bills which include the Freedom of Information Bill, Protection of Personal Information Bill and Zimbabwe Media Commission Bill which are to be presented for public hearings and for parliament debate

MISA also calls Mnangagwa to quickly implement media reforms that have been unresolved since the coming of Zimbabwe’s 2013 Constitution so that he cannot misinform International and local people when addressing them.

Addressing delegates at the United Nations General Assembly in New York a week ago Mnangagwa said he had repealed outdated media laws.

“…..the outdated media laws. Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act and old Public Order and Security Act have been repealed. New Laws in relation to these areas have been enacted to replace it,” Mnangagwa said.

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