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MISA CALLS FOR BALANCE ON CYBER LAW BILL

The Cyber law and Crimes Bill has become a subject of many divided opinions since last year.

On one hand is a group of people suggesting that the Bill is needed while on the other is a group that sees the Bill as an attempt to infringe on people’s freedom of expression on the Cyber space.

And now the Media Institute for Southern Africa (MISA) has called on policy makers to strike a balance between freedom of expression on the internet and what constitutes cyber crimes.

 

MISA Zambia projects Coordinator Jane Chirwa during a tree planting exercise on World Radio Day this year. Picture Credit, MISA Zambia.

MISA Zambia projects Coordinator Jane Chirwa said it was important for internet regulation but doing so without infringing on people’s much needed freedom of expression.

As MISA Zambia, we are saying yes to the Cyber Law and Crimes Bill but at the same time we want people’s freedom of expression to be preserved online,”

“We are making submissions to parlianment on some of the provisions that we want to be included in the Bill,” Ms Chirwa said.

Meanwhile, Ms. Chirwa has called on journalists not to use social media sources as a primary source of information, saying it was not always reliable.

Journalists should use social media sites only as secondary sources because of issues to do with credibility,” Ms. Chirwa said.

She said this during a discussion on Cyber Law and Crimes Bill Wednesday.

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Written by Hamatan Kachabe

Hamatan Kachabe is a Markerter, PR practioner and journalist trained from Zambia's highest learning institution, UNZA. He has keen interest in current affairs and trends in technology and ICT.

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