By Memory Chamisa
A campaign dubbed “My freedom of information” has been launched in Harare to conscientise citizens on their right to information.
Following the enactment of the Freedom of Information Bill into law last year, Tag a Life International, supported by the Ministry of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services this Thursday launched the My Freedom of Information Campaign.
Tag A Life International Trust Director Nyaradzo Mashayamombe said, “This initiative is designed to publicise this law so that citizens especially women, girls as well as female journalists may know and assert their rights to access to information.”
The Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, Senator Monica Mutsvangwa acknowledged the need for mandatory designation of information officers in all public and private entities responsible for handling information requests.
“The second republic is very open with information and this is witnessed with the cabinet media briefing that is transparent to all citizens and also the licencing of community radio stations so that we do not leave anyone behind,” she said.
Through the campaign, citizens will be able to participate in their communities with local leaders enabling them to also contribute in governance and development for the betterment of their communities.