MP challenges "bias" of Zimbabwean broadcaster

Rebecca Hawkes | 29-11-2013

Zimbabwean Member of Parliament Jessie Majome is seeking court endorsement for her refusal to pay for a television licence to Zimbabwe Broadcast Holdings (ZBC) due to its alleged "bias" towards President Mugabe's political party ZANU PF.

Majome, a senior official in the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party and MP for Harare West says that the state broadcaster is infringing her right of "freedom of association by virtue of partisan programming", reports SW Radio Africa.

In July 2013 ZBC inspectors, accompanied by the police, warned Majome that she would be prosecuted for not paying her broadcast licence fees.

The MP is hoping the Constitutional Court will declare that 'noncompliance with sections of the Broadcasting Services Act does not constitute a criminal offence', according to the Daily News.

Paying licence fees to ZBC is akin to funding ZANU PF's propaganda campaign, said Majome, who has also called for plurality in the broadcasting sector, according to SW Radio Africa.