Zimbabwe Media Commission(ZMC) has notified that it has temporarily suspended accreditation of local journalists for 2020.
This follows a High Court Interdict some time last week in which Zimbabwe Online Content Creators(ZOCC) seeked an urgent suspension of journalists accreditation amid the quest to resolve contentious issues.
In a Press Statement issued on Monday ZMC said,
“This notice serves to inform all stakeholders that the Zimbabwe Media Commission has temporarily suspended the accreditation of all media practitioners following a High Court Interdict obtained by the Zimbabwe Online Content Creators Trust (ZOCC).”
The development comes after sections in the media fraternity expressed disgruntlement at the introduction of additional categories specifically for online content creators.
“The High Court judgement interdicts the Commission from proceeding with the current accreditation framework that had introduced two additional categories for filmmakers and online content creators which in the past were accredited as journalists.”
As it stands the commission is yet to analyze and interpret the implications contained in the High Court Judgment. This will further delay accreditation of media practitioners who had not processed thier own before the interdict.
“It is in the spirit of upholding the Court judgement that the Commission has temporarily stopped accreditation of media practitioners. The Commission needs time to interpret and understand the judgement and its implications.”