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Transform the ZBC into an independent public broadcaster

We the undersigned, are concerned citizens who are urging our leaders and the relevant authorities to act now to transform the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) into a truly independent and representative public service broadcaster as prescribed by the African Charter on Broadcasting.

Analysis of ConCourt ruling on ZBC licences

On 20 July 2016 the constitutional court clarified that it was mandatory for Zimbabweans in possession of a gadget capable of receiving broadcast services to pay ZBC license fees. The ruling was made in a matter dating back to 2012 involving two applicants, Bernard...

End nigh for six radio licence holders

by Prince Mushawevato The Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ) has said that it will not be lenient with commercial radio stations that acquired broadcasting licences early last year if they fail to meet the stipulated September deadline to commence operations....

Considerations and debates on net neutrality in Zimbabwe

MISA-Zimbabwe and the Postal Regulatory Authority in Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) on 16 May 2016 collaboratively hosted a breakfast meeting with Internet Services Providers (ISPs) in the country to map key issues likely to influence policy on net-neutrality in the country....

Newspapers struggle to survive in tech age

By Gibson Mhaka Times are changing, albeit negatively, for the print media in the wake of challenges posed by the new media. It is no longer business as usual as smart phones, social media and the internet are usurping the traditional media’s role of breaking stories....

Airtel Kenya named top telecomm brand on social media in Africa

NAIROBI, KENYA: Airtel Kenya is Africa’s top social media brand in telecommunication in the latest Africa Brand Index Rankings. The Company has been ranked position one for its outstanding use of social media platforms in customer engagements. In the new rankings...

Dithering broadcasters to lose licenses

The government may soon be forced to revoke radio licenses issued to some prospective commercial radio broadcasters who are still yet to start operating, a parliament portfolio committee member has said.

Zimbabwe government pledges protection of journalists

The Minister of Information, Media and Broadcasting Services, Christopher Mushohwe on 3 May 2016 pledged the protection and security of journalists during the course of their work as well as alignment of Zimbabwe’s media laws with the Constitution. In a statement to...

MISA Zimbabwe World Press Freedom Day 2016 statement

On the occasion of the 2016 World Press Freedom Day and 25th Anniversary of the Windhoek Declaration MISA-Zimbabwe notes with great concern government’s lethargy in implementing media law reforms almost three years after enactment of Zimbabwe’s 2013 Constitution. This...