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ANZ seeks order to be deemed registered

THE Associated Newspapers of Zimbabwe (ANZ) has filed an application in the High Court seeking an order for the media house to be deemed registered arguing that the Media and Information Commission (MIC) has failed to deal with their application within the timeframe stipulated by law.

In the application, ANZ, the publisher of the banned Daily News and its sister paper the Daily News on Sunday, is the applicant while the MIC and Information minister, Tichaona Jokonya are the respondents.

In court papers filed on Tuesday, John Gambanga, ANZ’s acting chief executive officer, said the registration application was supposed to be dealt with within a month after a February 8 High Court ruling that declared a previous decision to deny them a licence null and void.

The court also directed the application be reconsidered.

Gambanga said the commission was in violation of Section 66 of the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (Aippa) which stipulates that the MIC must deal with an application within a month of its submission and Section 8 of Statutory Instrument 169 (c) of 2002 that stipulates that the MIC should give written reasons for either granting or refusing the application. – Staff Writer.

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