ZMC moves in to curb the abuse of accreditation cards for media practitioners

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The Zimbabwe Media Commission (ZMC) has introduced a number of accreditation cards to cover a wide scope in today’s media landscape.

ZMC said this new categorisation of media practitioners for accreditation purposes is meant to deal with abuse of the accreditation process where everyone in possession of an accreditation card would present himself or herself as a duly accredited reporter for the purpose of accessing certain events and functions.

“The abuse of the accreditation card was putting the name of the profession and the ZMC into disrepute,” said the Commission.

In a letter to the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) the Commission said it is planning to start accrediting journalists and other media practitioners on 26 May 2020.

The Commission said it is currently putting in place all necessary logistical arrangements taking into account World Health Organisation (WHO) and Ministry of Health and Child Welfare guidelines on Covid-19.

“In the past, the Commission used to issue only two types of accreditation cards, that is, one for local journalists and the other for foreign journalists,” said the commission.

Meanwhile, ZMC said taking the concerns of the industry into consideration and the rapid growth of the digital media, the it has decided to issue separate accreditation cards for a number of categories of media practitioners.

The categories are as follows; Journalists working for mainstream media registered or licenced by the ZMC and the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ) respectively;

Foreign media personnel cleared by the Government through the Ministry of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services;

Online media practitioners running online news channels;

Content producers who produce various media products for online distribution;

Photographers; and media practitioners in the film sector.

The above categories will have different accreditation cards as per the preceding list (1-6).


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