Should it become necessary to enforce one’s right to access information in terms of the Constitution, we provide a quick guide that would make it easier for a claimant to present their case for review in court. The guide emphasizes the importance of proper record keeping. It provides samples of an overview sheet, a phone call log and a physical follow-up log. In the absence of a statute that lays out the details of implementation of the constitutional guarantee, one should be able to show the court details of what they did on their request, when they did it, and the public officials that they have been dealing with. The court would then be better placed to determine that the state organ in question failed in its constitutional obligation, as the custodian of public information, to make that information available. This is a right that is actionable through the court in Malawi and as valid a human right as one’s right to vote. Read the rest of this entry »

Advertisements

In a statement by the Chairperson, Brian Ligomeka, MISA-Malawi strongly condemed the barring of Nation Publication Limited’s reporter from a Ministry of Agriculture public function ogranised on 8 April 2010. This he said was in violation of the right of the press to access information guaranteed under section 36 of the Constitution and Malawians their right to know guaranteed under section 37 of the Constitution. Check out the news report.