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A list of laws that must be changed for media to thrive in Zimbabwe

Mbizo legislator Settlement Chikwinya has listed laws that need to be changed for Zimbabwe to have progressive media laws.

Zimbabwe has been known since independence to be opposed to a more open media space with a few newspapers having been closed down, journalists arrested and tortured among many other issues.

The state has also not been willing to open the airwaves preferring to give radio licences only to those aligned to Zanu PF such as Supa Mandiwanzira and Munyaradzi Hwengwere while radio licences were given to The Herald.

In listing the laws that he thinks should be changed, Honourable Chikwinya who is a member of the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Information, Media and Broadcasting Services said: “Journalists and Media stakeholders, this is the theatre of Media Regulation we need to interrogate if we are to develop a progressive Media Regulatory Framework in a Democratic Society”.

Laws that need changing for Media to thrive:
1) Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act ( Chpt10:27)
2) Broadcasting Services Act (12:06)
3) Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation ( Commercialisation) Act, 2001
4) Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation ( Debt Assumption) Act, 2004.
5) Criminal Law ( Codification and Reform) Act( Chpt 9:23)
6) Commission of Inquiry Act
7) Administrative Justice Act(Chpt 10:28)
8) Censorship and Entertainment Control Act( Chpt 10:04)
9) Courts and Adjudication Authorities( Public Restrictions) Act ( Chpt 7:04)
10)Official Secrets Act( Chpt 11:09)
11) Maintenance of Peace and Order Act
12) Public Finance Management Act( Chpt 22:19)
13) Public Entities Corporate Governance Act ( Chpt 10:31)
14) Companies Act
15) Electoral Act
16) Rural District Councils Act
17) Urban Council Act
18) Local Government Amendment Act
19) The Constitution of Zimbabwe, 2013.

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Daniel Chigundu

Daniel Chigundu is the news editor for OpenParlyZW an online platform that covers Parliament of Zimbabwe activities using social media (Twitter and Facebook). He is currently the secretary-general of the Zimbabwe Parliamentary Journalists Forum and a board member of Digital Communication Network.

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