Because of the AIPPA
legislation, it is not possible for our reporters--who are not officially accredited--to operate as journalists within the Zimbabwean system.
And I am challenging them to come up with what is "draconian" about AIPPA
The main independent daily newspaper had its offices attacked on several occasions and was eventually shut down by the police as it tried to continue publishing without being registered under the terms of the AIPPA.
27) The Associated Newspapers of Zimbabwe, which publishes the independent newspaper, the Daily News, challenged the constitutionality of the provisions of the AIPPA requiring registration.
And in fact in July 2011, we drew up an election roadmap and again the issue of AIPPA, POSA, Section 121 of the Criminal Procedure and Evidence Act, and security sector reform came up.
He says not giving him the reforms he wants of the media, security sector, and of laws like POSA and AIPPA, means there is no level playing field.
Southern Africa (MISA) has stated that AIPPA
is "one of the most
put against the provisions of the Constitution and there is need to convince the people looking at the situation in Zimbabwe such as Sadc at the next summit that these issues have been constitutionalised and need to be actualised.
Part of the legislative reforms will be freeing up the media and repealing AIPPA
to ensure that we create an environment that allows the media to operate without any restriction.
We can tell you that the issue of AIPPA
and BSA was catered for in the Draft Constitution but the MDC felt that these were urgent matters that had to be dealt with under the first track of the dialogue process.
To reiterate my remarks in clarifying the US sanctions policy: While our humanitarian assistance is generous and you can count on it to remain generous, only when Zimbabwe's government restores the rule of law, conducts free and fair elections, puts military and police forces under effective civilian control, and repeals repressive legislation such as POSA and AIPPA
, will we be prepared to extend our support more broadly.
POSA stands for "Public Order and Security Act", and AIPPA
"Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act"].