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Govt Says Zimbabwe's Dreaded Media Laws to Stay

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Information, Media and Broadcasting Services Minister, Jonathan Moyo, says the Public Order and Security Act (POSA) and the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (AIPPA) will not be amended again as the laws have already been altered many times since 2002.

Mr. Moyo was speaking Thursday in Bulawayo during a consultative meeting with journalists, artists, civic groups, and representatives from political parties and the business community.

Decent Bajila, National Youth League secretary of the Welshman Ncube-led Movement for Democratic Change formation who attended the meeting, confirmed that Moyo was adamant that the two dreaded laws will not be transformed.

Bajila said Moyo also indicated that Zimbabwe will change from analog to digital media to meet requirements of the International Communication Union and Southern African Development Community protocols on communication.

Bajila noted that some participants complained that music from Matabeleland-based artists was not receiving adequate footage on national television compared to music from other regions.
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