Zimbabwe Government repeals draconian Information law

Harare- Cabinet on Tuesday approved the repealing of the infamous Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (AIPPA) and tabled three Bills to replace the law that regulated the operations of the media.

Addressing journalists after a cabinet meeting Information and broadcasting services Minister Monica Mutsvangwa said the Act would be replaced by the Zimbabwe Media Commission Bill, the Protection of Information/Data Protection Bill as well as the Freedom of Information and the Broadcasting Services Act Amendment Bill.

 “Cabinet noted that the (ZMC Bill) principles were in fulfilment of the new dispensation thrust and in fulfilment of the alignment of the laws to the new Constitution and deepening of our democratic space,” she said.

In addition to what was discussed Minister Mutsvangwa said Cabinet discussed a proposed amendment to the Police Act with a view to change the criteria for promoting senior officers.

Cabinet also resolved not to increase the Zimbabwe School Examination Council (Zimsec) examination fees for Ordinary and Advanced Level this year.

AIPPA was enforced in 2002 by Parliament with the view of providing a legal framework for the access and conduct of requesting information from public bodies and privacy as well as for regulation of mass media by the establishment of a Media and information Commission. 

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