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AIPPA – Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act. ACDEG – The ZANU-PF- Zimbabwe African National Union – Patriotic Front. ZEC – Zimbabwe. The twin statutes of Posa and the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (Aippa) have no place whatsoever in a democracy. The first independent constitution of Zimbabwe, that came into force in , sets out a The AIPPA also makes provisions for a system of proactive publication.

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Posa, Aippa have no place in democracy

Any application made under ATI legislation is subject to fees that cover the costs of obtaining access or services rendered in connection to providing access, but may not extend beyond these costs s. The Commission is conflicted by its nature, as it is not only responsible for hearing appeals about public bodies’ refusals to release information, but also prosecuting journalists for failure to register, or for publishing articles that fall foul of the Act. Repeal restrictive provisions of AIPPA and POSA Align all media laws with the Zimbsbwe Allow for self-regulation of the Media Repeal criminal defamation laws, which curtail freedom of the media Licence community radio stations to enhance access to information Protect journalists in the line of their work, especially with the impending harmonised elections We hold the firm belief that media freedom akppa a Constitutional right and should be respected.

However, these 30 days can be extended on the grounds of various reasons with the agreement of the Media and Information Commission.

Everything about us, without us? Canada’s Access to Information in the World Context” p. Govt, doctors in crunch meeting. Retrieved from ” https: Teachers demand Ncube resignation newsday December 31, Bindura Ran Mine employees resist eviction aippz November 20, Bindura town came to a standstill as residents and employees of Ran mine staged a rare protest against pending evictions by insensitive From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Due to the non-transparent nature of the Information and Media Commission it is rather difficult to gather reliable data regarding the number of people who were granted access to information under AIPPA. Generally speaking it is difficult to get an accurate picture of the number of people who use the AIPPA to access government information, as the Commission is responsible for implementing the regime, and it is far from transparent itself.

It is supposed that Zimbabwe is a constitutional State and, therefore, becomes imperative that the concept of constitutionalism is well grasped. While Posa, on the one hand, had opposition political parties and non-governmental organisations, as apipa targets, Aippa, on the other, blocks the opening of airwaves by ensuring huge operating fees that stifle access to information.


Village reflections and dearth of the reading culture. While freedom of information is not a reality in Zimbabwe, formally there is a well developed legislative scheme laid out in the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act AIPPA [1] that is broadly comparable to the schemes of many western democracies.

In most FOI systems, public interest weighs in favour of releasing information, but in the Zimbabwean legislation, it is used as a reason to withold information s. African Zimabbwe Engagement in Trade Agreements. The unravelling of President Buhari. Posa and Aippa are indeed alien to the democratic society that we all seek and the abrogation of these unconstitutional laws is long overdue.

Remarkably, the provision on registering are rather broad, covering even the smallest and irregular forms as well as all forms of digital and electronic publications. How much is too much? The first independent constitution of Zimbabwe, that came into force insets out a legal basis for FOI when it provides for the” freedom to hold opinions and to receive and impart ideas and information without interference” s.

The right to demonstrate is aipa granted in the Bill of Rights and it is a simple legal fact that a statute cannot override the Bill of Rights.

Skip to main content. Now, if we define Zimbabwe as a State in which the Constitution reigns supreme, every legal person ought to be bound by the law. Zimbabwe also places poorly on the World Justice Project Rule of Law Index WJP rankings, as it is ranked at out of countries in all categories of constraints on government powers, absence of corruption, open government, fundamental rights, order and zimbbabwe, regulatory enforcement, civil and criminal justice.

In this context, terms such as public morality are not further defined.

Rodwell bids farewell to FC Platinum. Leave this field blank. In Zimbabwe, freedom of the media is guaranteed by Sections 61 and 62 of the Constitution, which protect the right to free expression, media freedom and access to information. Building on your future: Learn more about us.

Zimpost revenue dips on working capital constraints. DeMbare in Xmas shopping. Among the more high profile actions under AIPPA have been that which led to the the closing down of The Daily News, a popular newspaper critical of the government, in Where a request is refused, the applicant may make an appeal to the Commission s.


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Views Read Edit View history. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. What information do you look for in Pambazuka News? The head of a public body may, but need not necessarily, refuse to release information that may be harmful to inter-governmental relations or negotiations, the financial or economic interests of a public body or the State, personal safety, protection of the heritage sites, zkmbabwe where the information would be otherwise available to the public.

Posa, Aippa have no place in democracy – NewsDay Zimbabwe

For the media to carry out the watchdog function, there needs to be robust policies and laws that enhance media freedom. In any democracy, the role of the press is critical as it fulfills its normative roles of educating, entertaining and informing citizens such that they can make informed decisions about their lives. Trading democracy for neoliberal foreign policy. The government made use of AIPPA and the Criminal Law to prosecute critical journalists and activists during the election crisis.

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That a High Court decision can be described as brave in the first place indicates the deep-seated fear in Zimbabwe. Many will remember, a few years ago, how even the church became a victim of the draconian law when 80 parishioners were ejected from holding an annual retreat at Peterhouse School near Marondera.

Zanu PF must fulfil its promises newsday December 8, IN order to make Zimbabwe a top income country byit is necessary that more jobs have to be created in With the agreement of the Media and Information Commission, a government body created by the Act and responsible for administering powers under it, this period may be extended beyond 30 days s.

The requirement that requesters are citizens or fulfil residence requirements mean that it is very difficult for researchers to gather information about the practicalitites of the Act.

Log in or register to post comments reads. In his comparative study of FOI regimes, Stanley Tromp indicted the legislation on the grounds that “[its] main purpose is to suppress free speech by requiring journalists to register and prohibiting the ‘abuse of free expression'”[7]. What to do after graduating.