THE Associated Newspapers of Zimbabwe (ANZ)’s court case against the Media and Information Commission (MIC)’s refusal to register it as a mass media service opened in the Administrative Court ye
MIC chair Tafataona Mahoso was cross-examined over his commission’s rejection of the ANZ application for a licence on the grounds that the media group had contravened a section of the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act by initially refusing to register.
ANZ lawyers want the Administrative Court to order “a complete re-hearing of, and fresh determination on, the merits of the matter with or without additional evidence or information”.
They also want the court to “exercise its wide powers of appeal, hear the relevant evidence, grant the application and direct that the respondent (MIC) issue the appellant (ANZ) with a certificate of registration forthwith”.
ANZ lawyers say it was wrong for the MIC to refuse to register the group claiming that it had contravened the law when it had not been charged, convicted or sentenced by a criminal court. They say this was a “lame excuse”.
Hearing in the case continues today.