The following report was presented In the National Assembly of the Parliament of Zimbabwe on Tuesday 10th March 2020.
ZIMBABWE MEDIA COMMISSION BILL
REPORT OF THE PORTFOLIO COMMITTEE ON
INFORMATION, MEDIA AND BROADCASTING SERVICES
HON. CHIKWINYA: Thank you Madam Speaker. I hereby present on behalf of the Committee and on behalf of my Chairperson Hon. P. Dube, the report of the Committee on the Zimbabwe Media Commission Bill that was prepared after wide consultation with all stakeholders in the media sector.
Madam Speaker, by way of introduction, the Zimbabwe Media Commission Bill (H.B. 8, 2019) was gazetted on 9th August, 2019 as one of the three media Bills which intend to replace the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act [Chapter 10:27] (commonly referred to as “AIPPA”). Consequently, the Bill was referred to the Committee on Information, Media and Broadcasting Services requiring the Committee to discharge its scrutinising function, so as to make essential recommendations. The Bill intends to regulate the Zimbabwe Media Commission (ZMC) and provides for matters incidental to its establishment.
The Portfolio Committee on Information, Media and Broadcasting Services conducted public consultations on the Zimbabwe Media Commission Bill (HB.8.2019) in terms of Section 141 of the Constitution. The public consultations were conducted from 14 to 18 October, 2019. The Committee covered areas in Harare, Mutare, Masvingo, Bulawayo and Gweru.
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