04 Oct PRESS STATEMENT NO 1 OF 2011-REGISTRATION AND ACCREDITATION REMINDER OF MASS MEDIA SERVICE PROVIDERS AND ALL JOURNALISTS FOR 2011
The Zimbabwe Media Commission is calling upon media service providers and all journalists to immediately renew their registration certificates and accreditation cards respectively in line with Section 79 of the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (AIPPA).
Registration and accreditation fees for 2011 were published in the Government Gazette of Friday, 31 December 2010.
All journalists’ accreditation cards issued in terms of Section 79 of AIPPA expired on 31 December 2010 and should be renewed immediately. Accreditation cards are only valid for a year or any part thereof ending on 31 December of each year. Journalists are required to submit application for renewal of accreditation forms before 31 December of each year. Journalists from media houses with outstanding levies for any year or whose operating certificates have expired will not be accredited.
Registration certificates issued on any day in the year 2008 in terms of Section 66 of AIPPA expired on 31 December 2010 and owners of mass media services must renew their registration status. Registration certificates are now valid for five years. Registered mass media services must have fully paid their annual levy for the year 2009 in order to be considered for renewal of their registration and accreditation of their journalists.
All permits to operate representative offices of foreign media services in terms of Section 90 of AIPPA must be renewed before 31 December of each year. All permits issued in terms of Section 90 are valid for a year or any part thereof ending on 31 December.
A daily penalty will be imposed according to the provision of the Act on all applications for renewal received after the deadline of 7 January 2011.
It is an offence to operate a mass media service without a registration certificate and to work as a journalist without being accredited as prescribed by AIPPA.