THE Media and Information Commission has ordered the Media Institute for Southern Africa (Misa) to register under the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (Aippa), the Zimbabwe
Independent has learnt.
In a letter to Misa dated June 4, the commission’s training, advocacy and standards development officer, Munyaradzi Nyamagodo, said Misa should urgently comply with the regulation.
“Please be advised that according to the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act, Section 66, Misa is legally required to register with the commission since it is involved in public information and communication with mass audiences through its publications.”
It is not however clear what publications the media commission was referring to. The commission’s chairman, Tafataona Mahoso, refused to comment.
“Are you a Misa representative? I can only answer to those who we requested to register,” said Mahoso.
Asked whether he was himself an accredited journalist, Mahoso said he was.
Misa chairperson, Reyhana Masters-Smith, said she could not comment.
“We are not prepared to comment until sometime next week when the board meets,” said Masters-Smith.