Media Alliance of Zimbabwe opposes the move to form a statutory media council by the ZMC

misa_zimbabwePartners in the Media Alliance of Zimbabwe have called upon the Zimbabwe Media Commission (ZMC) to recognise the Voluntary Media Council of Zimbabwe (VMCZ), a body that promotes a professional and free media environment through voluntary self-regulation of the media.

This follows an invitation by the ZMC to Media Alliance of Zimbabwe partners to a meeting held on the 17th of May 2011 to consult on the formation of a statutory media council, according to provisions in the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (AIPPA). MAZ cannot be part of this engagement that creates a media council according to terms of AIPPA. The law allows the council to jail journalists, ban and close down media operations, as has happened in the past.

MAZ therefore calls on the Commission to campaign for the repeal of AIPPA as envisaged by resolutions of the governments media stakeholders conference held in Kariba in May 2009.

Attached please find the official response to the ZMC by the Media Alliance of Zimbabwe to the invitation to discuss the formation of the Media Council by ZMC: Response_to_ZMC_on_statutory_media_council.pdf

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