31 October 2005
Charges against ANZ journalists dropped
(MISA/IFEX) - The State has dropped charges against 40 Associated Newspapers of Zimbabwe journalists accused of practicing journalism without accreditation under the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (AIPPA).
Eight of the journalists were expected to appear in court on October 12, 2005, to answer charges of contravening Section 83 (1) Chapter 10:27 of the AIPPA, which deals with practicing journalism without being accredited by the government-appointed Media and Information Commission (MIC).
ANZ chief executive Samuel Sipepa Nkomo confirmed that the State had withdrawn charges against the journalists.
ANZ are publishers of the banned "Daily News" and "Daily News on Sunday".