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Media law reform and legislation

Zimbabwe media on right path yet commitment to reforms is in deficit

Published : 7 May 2016 As we join the rest of the World in commemorating World Press Freedom Day, it is important to note that Zimbabwe has achieved as many positive strides in advancing media and freedom of expression rights yet there is a long road ahead and indeed...

‘Government biggest threat to freedom of expression’

By Maxwell Sibanda, Assistant Editor, The Daily News HARARE The government must never be given space or opportunity to regulate and control the media as doing so will be counter-productive to media professionalism and the media should take charge and control its...

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.

‘EU policies based on Zim facts’, says envoy

EU member states and the international community make decisions basing on Zimbabwe’s legal framework and investment policy frame work, as opposed to assertions by government that negative media reports were scaring away potential investors, says Ambassador Philippe...

‘Align media laws with constitution’

  By Maxwell Sibanda Media practitioners have urged policymakers to urgently align media legislation with the current constitution to promote free journalistic enterprise, journalism safety and professionalism. Zimbabweans approved a new Constitution in 2013 that...

MISA Zimbabwe raps slow reforms

A top media rights lobby has lamented the continued failure by government to reform the country’s media laws some three years after the 2013 enactment of the country’s new Constitution. In a statement to mark World Press Freedom Day celebrated every 3rd of May, the...

Media law’s policy reform Indaba Resolutions

MISA-Zimbabwe today published the Resolutions of the Media Stakeholders Laws and Policy Reform Indaba held in Harare on 20 April 2016. The Indaba called for urgent implementation of media law and policy reforms in the country and identify the key priority areas which...

MISA Zimbabwe hosts media law and policy reforms indaba

MISA-Zimbabwe on 20 April 2016 convened a stakeholders media laws reform priority mapping indaba in Harare which ended with a call for urgent implementation of media law and policy reforms. Fifty eight participants who included academics, journalists, civil society,...

Zimbabwe’s ConCourt confirms criminal defamation unconstitutional

The Constitutional Court on 3 February 2016 granted an application by MISA- Zimbabwe seeking confirmation of the fact that criminal defamation is no longer part of the law. The ruling followed a concession by the State that Section 96, which provides for criminal...

Parliament renounces stringent accreditation requirements

The Clerk of Parliament Kennedy Chokuda has renounced earlier stringent accreditation requirements for journalists who cover parliament requiring them to be first cleared by the police. This followed severe criticism by journalists and the media industry after...