3 October 2003
Six more charged for practicing journalism without MIC accreditation
(MISA/IFEX) - On 1 October 2003, Zimbabwean police charged six journalists from the "Daily News" and "The Daily News on Sunday" for practicing without Media and Information Commission (MIC) accreditation.
The six journalists are Philemon Bulawayo, Margaret Chinowaita, Kelvin Jakachira, Sydney Saize, George Muzimba and Lawrence Chikuvira.
The six new charges brought to 15 the number of journalists from the Associated Newspapers of Zimbabwe who have been charged for breaching the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (AIPPA).
The Act reads:
(1) No person shall carry on a mass media service without a valid registration license or permit issued in terms of this Act or any other law.
The other nine charged for the same offence on 25 September are Luke Tamborinyoka, Pedzisai Ruhanya, Fanuel Jongwe, Precious Shumba, Chengetai Zvauya, Conelias Mabasa, Conway Tutani, Gladwin Muparutsa, Darlington Makoni and Francis Mdlongwa.
Police obtained "warned and cautioned" statements from the six journalists before releasing them, and say they will proceed by way of summons. Assistant Police Commissioner Wayne Bvudzijena said they intend to charge all 45 journalists employed by the two sister papers that were closed down on 12 September for not registering.