Focus on Right to Know as countries commemorate World Press Freedom Day

May 3, 2010

In the light of the ongoing constitutional reform process, MISA-Zimbabwe marked the day by calling for the right to information be included in the new Constitution as an independent right. In Namibia, a conference focusing on women’s right to know was organised to mark the day. Zambian media marked the day amidst debates on media regulation, enactment of an Access to Information law and crafting a new Constitution. MISA Malawi organised several events with the aim of calling on the media to recognise its role in development. All this because this day, 3 May 2010, is dedicated to reminding governments of their obligation to provide an enabling environment for press freedom. The focus this year is rightly, “the right to know: the right to information.” Research conducted by MISA revealed that we live in a region with non-transparent and overly secretive public institutions, making it nearly impossible for citizens to exercise their right to information.

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