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on the gazetting of Constitutional Amendment No. 17 Bill
Constitutional Assembly (NCA)
July 20, 2005
Constitutional Assembly (N.C.A.) is not surprised by the refusal
of the Media And Information Commission to issue a licence to operate
to the Associated Newspapers of Zimbabwe Group as the censorship
of voices alternative to the government is the very reason for the
existence of the Media and Information Commission established under
the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act. (A.I.P.P.A.)
function is to stifle the expression of views that may not meet
the approval of the government. The Constitution of Zimbabwe gives
token protection to freedom of expression, and none whatsoever to
freedom of the press; thereby creating ideal conditions for repressive
laws such as A.I.P.P.A. and the Public Order And Security Act (P.O.S.A.)
to thrive. A democratic Constitution would render A.I.P.P.A. and
The denial of
a licence to the Associated Newspapers Group makes as much sense
as if the Vehicle Inspection Department were to deny Drivers' licences
to applicants previously convicted and sentenced for driving without
licences whether or not they succeed on appeals. Such alarming thinking
in national issues exposes the absence of a culture of governance
based on democratic and national values.
The N.C.A. is
convinced that only a people driven and democratic Constitution
will restore sanity to public affairs in Zimbabwe.
Visit the NCA
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