Transparency International expresses concerns over Zimbabwe’s adoption of Cyber security and Data Protection Bill

In a joint statement, Transparency International and Transparency International Zimbabwe (TI Z) have expressed deep concerns over attempts by theZimbabwean government to fast-track the Cyber Cecurity and Data Protection Bill. According to the civil society groups, although the bill appears to be progressive in strengthening data protection, it contains provisions that undermine the freedom of expression and freedom of the media. Clause 164C of the bill is of major concern, as it would criminalise the spread of what the government classifies as false information online, punishable with a jail term of up to five years, a fine, or both.