Govt happy with media sector reforms

THE Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, Senator Monica Mutsvangwa has expressed satisfaction with the positive results coming out of media legislative reforms.
Media reform agenda has seen the repeal of the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (AIPPA) and the gazetting of several other laws meant to promote access to information.
Speaking in Kariba during the official opening of the Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services ministry’s 2021 strategic plan meeting, Senator Mutsvangwa noted government efforts in creating an enabling media environment, and measures put in place to enhance corporate governance at institutions under her ministry’s purview.
“I am happy that the creation of an enabling media environment through the media legislative reform process is bearing fruit and nearing completion,” she said.
“The infamous access to Information and protection of privacy act was repealed on it of July 2020 and was effectively replaced by the freedom of information act which promotes access to information through its encouragement of voluntary disclosures of information in the public interest and timely responses to requests for information.”
Minister Mutsvangwa also commended the ministry for playing a role in curbing the spread of COVID-19 through sustained and rigorous media campaigns.
“Owing to the ministry’s rigorous media and communication campaign s on the COVID-19 scourge, Zimbabwe is one of the few countries in the world that has the least infections and deaths for COVID-19).”
The Ministry of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services has a critical role to play in bridging the information gap by carrying out advocacy campaigns on the National Development Strategy and other government programmes.