In a statement ZMC chairman said the statutory body has informed the Zimbabwe Republic Police to bar the newspapers from entering the country’s borders. He said the ZMC had written to all foreign papers circulating in the country advising them to register with his commission but the order fell on deaf eyes.
The ban is likely to affect South Africa’s Sunday Times, the Mail and Guardian and plethora of other foreign papers from the United Kingdom circulating in Zimbabwe.
“WE regret to report that one year and half since our reminder to the affected mass media services to comply with Zimbabwe’s laws by regularizing their status and that of all journalists working for them the same papers and journalists are operating exactly as they were doing a year ago and they have not bothered o approach the commission
again or to return the forms and invoices they collected in 2010.
Such defiance hinders the work of the Commission,” said Majonga.
He added that persons affected by the newsgathering and the stories appearing in the said papers had been coming to the commission seeking redress or information but neither the publications nor their journalists appeared in their registers.
“The ZMC Has therefore resolved to appeal to the relevant law-enforcement authorities to bar the affected papers from entrance into and circulation within Zimbabwe until they comply with the Zimbabwe’s laws,” said Majonga