Zimbabwe Media Commission welcomes the coming into law of ZMC Act

The Zimbabwe Media Commission (ZMC) says it welcomes the coming into law of the ZMC Act which was assented to by President Emmerson Mnangagwa and subsequently gazetted early this month.
In a statement, ZMC said the passing of the act follows enactment of the Freedom of Information Act into law last year.
With the Act now law, the ZMC will soon make regulations to operationalise provisions of the Act.
The ZMC Act allows for the operationalisation of provisions of the constitution which enable the commission to carry out its mandate and come up with necessary regulations for the media sector.
The act also provides for investigations and hearing procedures based on complaints received from members of the public.
The ZMC can also institute an investigation either upon receiving a complaint or when it beleives that a breach of freedom of the media or abuse of freedom of expression has been committed.
The Act also establishes a media fund whose objectives include capacity building of mass media services, assist in training of persons in the provision of services, contribute towards research and development and promote public awareness on the right of access to information and protection of privacy.
The Freedom of Information Act repealed the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (AIPPA).
Every mass media service will be required to pay an annual levy as prescribed by the commission. Currently levy payable is prescribed by Statutory Instrument No. 10 of 2004 which was retained when AIPPA was repealed.