Gvt to stop abuse of State media, crafts Bill to allow more players into the field

Cabinet has moved to amend the Broadcasting Services Act in a bid to broaden and address diversity of opinion, ideas and values, Information minister has said 

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Cabinet has moved to amend the Broadcasting Services Act in a bid to broaden and address diversity of opinion, ideas and values, Information minister has said

Addressing a post cabinet briefing on Tuesday, Monica Mutsvangwa said cabinet approved principles to the Broadcasting Services Act to pave way for the crafting of the bill.

“The principles of the proposed Broadcasting Services amendment bill provides the following, that every person has the right to freedom of expression and freedom of the media, that the freedom to establish broadcasting and other electronic media of communication subject only to state licencing procedures,” Mutsvangwa said.

Zimbabwe has had a single broadcaster resulting in it being abused by the ruling party, Zanu PF.

Mutsvangwa said the new proposed law would put an end to the abuse of the state media as well as cause the establishment of many players.

The executive arm of the state also approved the Freedom of Information bill which seeks to repeal the infamous Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (AIPPA).

Justice minister Ziyambi Ziyambi said the bill was now ready for gazetting after cabinet gave a nod with the key focus being aligning the act to the constitution-especially section 62.

The bill, according to Ziyambi seeks to regulate the scope of limitations on the right to access to information as well as set procedures for internal and court appeals against decisions made by information officers or principle officers of entities with respect to requests for access to information.