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annual report 2013
Media Council of Zimbabwe
October 08, 2013
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report captures activities undertaken by the Voluntary Media Council
of Zimbabwe (VMCZ) during the period ending 30 September, 2012 to
September 26, 2013. This report attempts to narrate activities and
measure their impact and, in so doing, link such activities to the
annual work plan submitted of the VMCZ for the period under review.
This document is submitted for the benefit of and understanding
of VMCZ members and media stakeholders. The period under review
was clouded by an impending
election whose holding was a contested issue between the parties
in the inclusive government. The period also saw the constitution
making outreach programme gather momentum resulting in the drafting
of a new constitution
for Zimbabwe. The constitution was taken to a referendum where Zimbabweans
voted overwhelmingly for the adoption of the new constitution. The
new constitution however, has freedom of expression enshrined in
section 61 and 62 but unfortunately does not recognise media self-regulation
in Zimbabwe. The constitution reinforced statutory regulation of
the media in Zimbabwe in sections 248-250.
over the holding of the elections made it difficult to plan-ahead
as conflicting statements always arose over the holding of the elections.
The harmonised elections were ultimately held on 31 July 2013, and
a winner, Zanu-PF emerged from the harmonised elections. Zanu-PF
has since constituted a new government of Zimbabwe and ministers
from the party have been appointed.
VMCZ has witnessed
the impact of its advocacy and lobbying work with an increase in
the number of complaints received in this period.
Above all, the
work of VMCZ remains relevant as the organisation has created a
platform for the media and members of the public to interact and
engage over stories written in both the public and private media.
This report captures details under the Media Complaints Programme
area, Training and Media Development and finally Advocacy. A summary
of activities is also captured in the report.
the VMCZ fact
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