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Media Group Challenges Zimbabwe Broadcasting Panel Selection Process

The Media Institute of Southern Africa has expressed concern at Parliament's selection of a short list of candidates for the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe from among applicants interviewed for seats on the newly constituted Zimbabwe Media Commission.

In a letter to House Speaker Lovemore Moyo, MISA said nothing published by authorities had indicated those seeking one of nine positions on the Media Commission would be considered at the same time for seats on the three-member Broadcasting Authority.

The group noted in addition that while the Media Commission was created by a constitutional amendment, the authority of the broadcasting entity derived from the Broadcasting Act.

Parliament’s Standing Rules and Orders Committee last week interviewed 27 applicants for the Zimbabwe Media Commission with the help of expert consultants, following which the short list for the Media Commission was sent to President Robert Mugabe.

On the short list for the Broadcasting Authority are Vimbai Chivaura, Benson Ntini, Vimbai Jirira, Susan Makore, Kindness Paradza and Douglas Dhliwayo. Information Minister Webster Shamu to select the three members of the board from among these candidates.

MISA-Zimbabwe Chairman Loughty Dube told reporter Jonga Kandemiiri of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe that it was expected the two interview processes would be separate.

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