Independent Media Council urged

Bagamayo, Tanzania - Delegates to an Eastern and Southern African Media Councils Conference here urged the setting up of an independent self-regulatory media council in Zimbabwe, as opposed to the current laws strangling freedom of expression.
"It is hereby resolved that the delegates to this con

ference pledge their support to the campaign for a voluntary media council in Zimbabwe,” said a resolution passed at the end of the 2-3 May conference.
Zimbabwe’s widely condemned Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (AIPPA) provides for the compulsory registration of media houses and licensing of journalists with the state-controlled Media and Information Commission.
Delegates to the conference came from the Netherlands, Tanzania, Lesotho, Uganda, Zambia, Kenya and the World Association of Press Councils.
Plans for an independent media council in Zimbabwe are being spearheaded by the Zimbabwe Union of Journalists, the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) Zimbabwe and the Media Monitoring Project of Zimbabwe under the auspices of the Media Alliance of Zimbabwe.

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