Mozam­bique bill wel­comed

Lesotho Times - - Africa -

JO­HAN­NES­BURG — The Mozam­bi­can Par­lia­ment’s adop­tion of an ac­cess to in­for­ma­tion bill was wel­comed by the Me­dia In­sti­tute of South­ern Africa (Misa) on Mon­day.

“The bill passed its first read­ing on 21 Au­gust, and last week the Assem­bly of the Repub­lic, dur­ing an ex­tra­or­di­nary ses­sion, unan­i­mously passed the sec­ond and fi­nal read­ing of the bill,” Misa said in a state­ment.

The bill obliges pub­lic and pri­vate bod­ies in­vested with pub­lic pow­ers, to re­lease in­for­ma­tion of pub­lic in­ter­est within 21 days of be­ing asked to do so. How­ever, it has been crit­i­cised over whether it ad­e­quately en­forces the right to in­for­ma­tion in all its di­men­sions. — SAPA.

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