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Zim: Foreign media must register or else...

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Cape Town - Foreign media houses have started registering with the Zimbabwe Media Commission (ZMC) following a warning that they will be barred from circulating publications in that country if they do not register, a report said on Tuesday.

The state-owned Herald online said the foreign media houses were also ordered to have their locally based journalists accredited with the ZMC.

"Some of the publications are in the process of registering with the ZMC and those who fail to comply with the requirement will be barred from entering the country," said ZMC chairperson Godfrey Majonga, adding the commission had the overall mandate of the media in Zimbabwe.

"If a publication fails to comply with the requirements of the law, then that publication will be banned," he said.

"The Commission works in liaison with other government departments, so it would not be difficult to effect such a ban."

According to the report, the move by the ZMC comes in the wake of complaints to the media watchdog by members of the public concerning some stories carried by foreign publications.

Early this year the ZMC called for a ban on foreign newspapers that were not registered to operate in the country.

The ZMC keeps a record of all registered mass media service providers and the publications they circulate.

It also conducts on spot checks on a regular basis to ascertain if all circulating publications are registered.

- News24

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