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signs AIPPA Amendment Bill
January 10, 2005
Zimbabwean journalists caught practicing
without being accredited by the Media and Information Commission
(MIC) now risk two years imprisonment following the signing of the
requisite amendment bill by President Robert Mugabe.
According to a government gazette published
on 7 January 2005, the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy
(Amendment) Bill, has now been signed into law opening yet another
sad chapter in Zimbabwe’s repressive media environment.
Under the AIPPA Amendment Act it is now
an offence for unaccredited or suspended journalists to practice
Journalists caught on the wrong side
of the law now risk a two-year jail term or a fine not exceeding
level seven or both such fine or imprisonment.
This follows the amendment of Section
83 prohibiting unaccredited or suspended journalists form practicing
Clause 4 of the Act amends paragraph
4 of the Fourth Schedule to the principal Act providing among other
issues, the dismissal or suspension of members of the MIC so as
to provide for the appointment of an Independent Disciplinary Committee.
The disciplinary committee will determine
whether any member of the Commission suspended by the Minister of
Information and Publicity in the President’s Office should be dismissed.
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