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willing to amend AIPPA
October 16, 2006
The Acting Minister
of Information and Publicity Munyaradzi Paul Mangwana says the government
is willing to discuss and repeal certain sections of the restrictive
Information and Protection of Privacy Act (AIPPA) that curtail
at the Quill Club, the national press club in Harare last Friday,
Minister Mangwana reiterated his support for the establishment of
an independent self-regulatory media council. He said the government
was forced to come up with the statutory Media and Information Commission
(MIC) because as the fourth estate, the media could not operate
without some form of regulation to protect "national interest".
"Show me a workable
self-regulatory body and we can talk," he said adding that
the government was willing to repeal sections of AIPPA that impede
Media freedom, he said,
should however, come with responsibility and fair play.
The statutory MIC has
closed four privately-owned newspapers, The Daily News, Daily News
on Sunday, The Tribune and Weekly Times since the enactment of AIPPA
Plans to set up an independent media council in Zimbabwe are already
at an advanced stage with MISA-Zimbabwe working in conjunction with
its partners under the auspices of the Media Alliance of Zimbabwe
(MAZ), earmarking the launch of the independent body before the
end of this year.
This comes in
the wake of the completion of extensive nationwide consultative
meetings with key stakeholders on the principle of media self-regulation
through a nationally binding Code of Ethics. The consultative meetings
which kicked off in January 2006 were led by MISA-Zimbabwe, the
Union of Journalists and the Media
Monitoring Project Zimbabwe (MMPZ).
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