THE recent Ijaz case on accreditation for journalists raises interesting issues.
I understand Ijaz asserts that their freedom of expression has been violated
by the requirement for accreditation of journalists.
My understanding of freedom of expression is that every individual in his/her capacity as a citizen of Zimbabwe is entitled to impart and receive information without undue hindrance.
In their individual capacities as citizens, journalists are entitled to this freedom but accreditation deals with their rights to work as journalists.
It has nothing to do with the individual’s freedom of expression. The right to work as a professional is generally dependent upon some form of accreditation. This applies to doctors, dentists, lawyers, accountants etc.
I consider Ijaz’s complaint as misguided although they might be on better footing complaining about the composition and appointment of the accreditation authority.