Freedom of Expression Tracker: Violation of public foe

The ZMC accreditation card is issued to facilitate the entry and coverage by journalists of public institutions and events including the Parliament of Zimbabwe. By subjecting journalists duly accredited by the ZMC to further vetting, Parliament runs the risk of usurping the powers of a constitutional body that could set precedence for other arms of the state to impose similar requirements on journalists.

MISA Stance:

MISA-Zimbabwe therefore condemns Parliament’s new accreditation requirements as draconian, unreasonable and unjustifiable in a democratic society and smacking of machinations to limit access to information and free flow of information that empowers citizens to hold public officials to account.