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MISA-Zimbabwe statement on community radio initiatives
March 01, 2012
On 1 March 2012
The Herald carried a front page story titled: Gokwe quartet foils
Misa's radio stations bid. The same story was featured in
the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation's news bulletins.
arising from the story are that MISA was clandestinely collecting
signatures from people 'bused in' from various communities
in its bid to 'create' community radio stations. It
is further alleged that the signatories would be trustees that would
run the radio stations.
these allegations, MISA Zimbabwe hereby asserts and reaffirms that
it has no intention of establishing community radio stations that
operate outside the ambit of the Broadcasting
Services Act (BSA). MISA-Zimbabwe is very aware of the fact
that the sole licensing authority is the Broadcasting Authority
is thus conversant and fully aware of the legal position pertaining
to the licensing and setting up of radio stations.
The (BSA) recognises
the provision of community broadcasting as part of the three- tier
broadcasting system. It is in line with the spirit of this provision
that the organisation sought to raise awareness through community
radio initiatives that will prepare various communities to apply
for community radio licenses in the event of BAZ eventually calling
for applications for community radio stations.
already exist in the country's urban areas and are known and
recognised by the Ministry of Media, Information and Publicity through
the umbrella Zimbabwe
Association of Community Radio Stations (ZACRAS) which has in
the past been granted audience by the same ministry.
As such the
Notarial Deeds of Trust which are referred to in The Herald story
are simply legal documents aimed at giving legal personality and
an advanced state of preparedness to the various community radio
initiatives. A Notarial Deed of Trust can be defined as a legal
document that outlines the intentions and terms of an agreement
that persons undertake in pursuance of a certain objective for the
benefit of third parties or named beneficiaries.
There is nothing
unlawful about communities preparing themselves for the envisaged
eventual call for rural community radio licences. The process of
registering these initiatives followed open consultative meetings
that were held in the various communities themselves.
The Deeds in
question do not in any way envisage the illegal setting up of community
radio stations that will operate outside the confines of the law
and before the BAZ calls for applications for the envisaged licences.
the decision as to which community or communities will be duly granted
the envisaged licences is the sole prerogative of the Broadcasting
Authority of Zimbabwe.
the MISA-Zimbabwe fact
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