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Accredited journalists denied coverage of the President
October 18, 2010
agents on 15 October, 2010 allegedly blocked accredited journalists
from covering the graduation ceremony at Great Zimbabwe University
in Masvingo, officiated by President Robert Mugabe.
According to the daily, NewsDay the state security
agents blocked journalists from entering the ceremony demanding
invitation cards similar to those issued to graduates and their
relatives in addition to their accreditation cards.
It is alleged that journalists were only allowed
to cover the graduation ceremony after the University's Public
Relations Officer, Anderson Chipatiso intervened, although the journalists
from the private media were not allowed to get in with their cameras.
Media Commission (ZMC) issues accreditation cards to all Zimbabwean
journalists to cover public functions as provided for by the Access
to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (AIPPA) of as amended
in 2007. The commission oversees regulation of print media and accreditation
Section 78 of the Act, provides for privileges afforded
to accredited journalists such as visiting parliament and any public
body with the purpose of carrying out journalistic duties, covering
public and national events, accessing public institutions. Section
78(3) exempts unaccredited journalists from enjoying such privileges.
the MISA-Zimbabwe fact
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