Zim Ind journos held to ransom

HARARE - The Media and Information Commission has accredited 15 journalists working for the privately-owned Zimbabwe Independent, who were held to ransom in order to force the editor of the publication to publish a retraction of an article about the commission that appeared last year.

Under Zimbabwe’s Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act, a draconian law governing the country’s news media, it had been illegal for the journalists to work since January 27 because the law stipulates that all journalists must be accredited with the commission. In a move hotly debated by Zimbabwean journalists around the world, the Independent carried the retraction last Friday. But Jonathan Maphenduka, the man quoted in the original article, continues to voice his criticism of the MIC and has questioned the impartiality of its chairman, Tafataona Mahoso. Maphenduka resigned from the MIC last year in protest at the commission’s decision to deny Associated Newspapers of Zimbabwe, publishers of the Daily News, an operating licence.

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