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to Information and Protection of Privacy Amendment Bill, 2007 (H.B.
in Gazette Extraordinary on Friday 14th December, 2007
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to Information and Protection of Privacy Amendment Bill, 2007
of this Bill to amend in the Access to Information and Protection
of Privacy Act, 2002, (“the principal Act”) with a view
to improving or clarifying certain of its provisions.
clauses of the Bill are explained more fully below.
This clause sets out the Bill’s short title.
This clause seeks to replace or add certain definitions in the interpretation
section of the principal Act.
This clause seeks to reconstitute the existing Media and Information
Commission as the Zimbabwe Media Commission, having the functions
set out in the substituted section 39.
This clause inserts a new Part in the principal Act which seeks
to constitute a Media Council to be appointed by the Commission.
The Media Council will be responsible for developing and enforcing
a code of conduct and ethics governing the rules of conduct to be
observed by journalists and mass media services.
This clause proposes to mitigate the rule contained in section 65
of the principal Act that Zimbabweans alone must wholly own or control
mass media services.
This clause seeks to extend the period of registration of mass media
services from two to five years.
11, 12, 13 and 14
These clauses seek to insert a new section and amend existing ones
with a view to clearly specifying the rights and obligations of
the Commission and a mass media service or news agency upon an application
by the mass media service or news agency to renew its registration,
or a refusal of registration of the mass media service or news agency,
or a suspension or cancellation of the registration of the same.
This clause seeks to specify with greater particularity what privileges
accrue to journalists who choose to be accredited. It also seeks
to simplify the procedure for accrediting journalists.
Clause 18 and
These clauses repeal sections 83 and 85 of the principal Act, which
are rendered superfluous by the vesting of disciplinary powers over
journalists and media services in the proposed Media Council.
The effect of this clauses is to vest the power to make regulations
and other statutory instruments for the purposes of the principal
Act in the Commission, subject to the approval of the Minister.
BY THE MINISTER OF INFORMATION AND PUBLICITY
TO amend the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act
[Chapter 10:27] and to provide for matters connected therewith or
the President and the Parliament of Zimbabwe.
This Act may be cited as the Access to Information and Protection
of Privacy Amendment Act, 2007.
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