30 Jun PRESS STATEMENT (30 JUNE 2010)-REGISTRATION AND ACCREDITATION REMINDER
The Zimbabwe Media Commission is once again calling upon all media service providers and journalists to renew their registration certificates and accreditation cards respectively. A penalty fee will be imposed on those already accredited journalists who did not renew their accreditation status as per the 4th of June deadline. Registered mass media service providers who did not renew their registration status by this deadline will also attract a penalty.
There is no deadline or penalties for new applications either for registration as mass media services or accreditation as journalists.
The Zimbabwe Media Commission is aware of the difficulties mass media service providers have been facing during the past years due to the harsh economic conditions. This notwithstanding, all registered mass media service providers should have paid their 2009 statutory levy by the 4th of June 2010. Those who did not comply with this regulation are being called upon to pay their statutory levies as prescribed in Section 46 of the Act.
All mass media service providers who were registered with the former Media and Information Commission are assumed registered. Those that stopped operating should inform the Zimbabwe Media Commission of their status, otherwise they are deemed operating.
The Zimbabwe Media Commission is also calling upon those mass media service providers operating without registration to regularize their status by 16 July 2010.
All foreign publications circulating in Zimbabwe and whose editorial content is targeted at Zimbabweans are required to register with the Zimbabwe Media Commission. The deadline for registration of these publications is 16 July 2010. Local agents responsible for the distribution of such publications in Zimbabwe should approach the Commission Offices for the registration of these publications.
The Zimbabwe Media Commission would like to advise all mass media service providers and journalists that it is an offence to operate a mass media service or practice journalism without registration and accreditation from the Commission. The Zimbabwe Media Commission is calling upon all concerned to comply with the provisions of the law.