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Access to information
The Media and Communications Committee of Parliament has promised to support the draft Access to Information Bill once tabled in the House.
MISA Malawi would like to commend President Arthur Peter Mutharika for signing into law the Access to Information Bill after being passed by parliament.
MISA Malawi applauds the National Assembly for passing the much-awaited Access to Information Bill on Wednesday, December 14, 2016.
MISA MAlawi and the Media Council of Malawi appeal to government to review its position on the just-gazetted Access to Information Bill which, in its current form, undermines rather than promotes the constitutional right to information.
Media owners have petitioned President Peter Mutharika to make public the ‘inconsistencies’ in the draft Access to Information Bill and to ensure that the Bill is tabled before Parliament rises this December.
Malawi’s government ministers rejected the draft Access to Information Bill on the basis that it is filled with discrepancies.
The government’s decision to reject the bill was retrogressive and indicated a lack of political commitment, says MISA Malawi.
The Blantyre City Council says winning the 2014 Padlock Award was a wake up call and has helped them tremendously improve how they made information public.
MISA Malawi has appealed to public institutions in the country to be transparent and respect citizens’ right to know.