Access to information

It is a fundamental human right to ask for, and receive, information held by public organisations and bodies. It is critically important to make sure information held by public, and in some cases private institutions is available and accessible to citizens.

The right to seek, access and receive information is guaranteed by Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 9 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights, and Article 4 of the Declaration of Principles on Freedom of Expression in Africa. It is also recognised under Section 37 of the Malawi Constitution (PDF) and many of the Constitutions of southern African countries.

Therefore, this programme seeks to campaign for the public to enjoy their right to be informed through unrestricted access to information.

Right to Information Day

MISA Malawi commemorates September 28th as International Right to Information Day. MISA Malawi celebrates Right to Information Day to raise awareness about the importance of the right of access to information throughout the world and cast the spotlight on the challenges that hamper the enjoyment of this fundamental right.

Access to information news from our chapters

MISA Malawi calls for universal access to Covid-19 information

MISA Malawi calls for universal access to Covid-19 information

MISA Malawi today joins the rest of the world in commemorating the International Day for Universal Access to Information. UNESCO declared 28th September as International Day for Universal Access to Information and it was proclaimed as such by the United Nations...

MISA Malawi applauds Government on operationalization of ATI Act

MISA Malawi applauds Government on operationalization of ATI Act

MISA Malawi would like to applaud the Minister of Information Honourable Gospel Kazako for appointing the date for commencement of the Access to Information (ATI) Act. The Minister has today gazetted 30th September, 2020 as the date on which the Act will become...

MISA Malawi commends President Chakwera on ATI Act

MISA Malawi commends President Chakwera on ATI Act

MISA Malawi would like to commend His Excellency the President Dr. Lazarus Chakwera for publicly committing that the operationalization of Access to Information (ATI) Act will take place in less than a month. The President made the announcement as he delivered the...

Malawi: Protecting media freedom and information access in 2020

Malawi: Protecting media freedom and information access in 2020

MISA Malawi shares its Way Forward recommendations for defending media freedom, freedom of expression and access to information to mark World Press Freedom Day 2020. [highlight1]MEDIA PROFESSIONALISM AND INDEPENDENCE[/highlight1] Promote media self-regulation...

Malawi: Way Forward 2019

Malawi: Way Forward 2019

Celebrating World Press Freedom Day 2019 [dropcap1]M[/dropcap1]ISA Malawi is sharing its recommendations for improving media freedom, freedom of expression and access to information to mark World Press Freedom Day 2019. [highlight1]LAWS AND REGULATIONS[/highlight1]...