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Media commission clarifies licensing for news websites

by Mandla Ndlovu
29 Nov 2018 at 09:56hrs | Views
Zimbabwe Media Commission has clarified that online media houses are not required to be registered according to the current laws of the country.

This was revealed by Zimbabwe Media Commission's Mr. Chinamora.

Chinamora however stressed that although media houses do not need registration, it is a pre recquisite for journalists to be accredited so that they practice lawfully in the country.

Chinamora was speaking at the  Roundtable Consultative Meeting organised by the Ministry of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services in Harare.
On Wednesday Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe announced that they will  soon be amending the Broadcasting Services Act (Chapter 12:06) to repeal clauses that relate to licencing for companies offering webcasting services.

BAZ announced that the clause had been overtaken by technological revolution hence it is impossible to enforce. The licencing of online content producers had generated problem for the Association  because independent social media users have been running content distribution through Facebook, Twitter and Youtube channels and yet there are players who have paid licences to exercise such rights.




Source - Byo24News

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