President Emmerson Mnangagwa earlier today at the Constitutional Court filed a notice to oppose the urgent chamber application by Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA)- Zimbabwe seeking the court’s permission for the live broadcasting and streaming of the high profile election challenge.
Chief Justice Luke Malaba has dismissed MISA’s application to have ConCourt proceedings streamed online arguing that ZBC has sufficient means to broadcast the proceedings.
MISA Zimbabwe has since announced on their twitter account that…
The Constitutional this afternoon dismissed MISA Zimbabwe’s application to have a livestreaming service following tomorrow’s election challenge. The court held that ZBC has sufficient means to publicise the court proceedings @TabaniMoyo @MAZ_Zim @kubatana @DougColtart @AFEXafrica
— MISAZimbabwe (@misazimbabwe) August 21, 2018
Commenting on twitter Journalist Mduduzi Mathuthu said.
Chief Justice Luke Malaba has dismissed MISA’s application to have ConCourt proceedings streamed online. Only Emmerson Mnangagwa filed in opposition. This is all to protect extortionist ZBC and shows a total lack of understanding of modern tech… or is there something to hide? pic.twitter.com/k4EeQJw0AE
— Mduduzi Mathuthu (@Mathuthu) August 21, 2018
.@misazimbabwe’s application to live stream the #ElectionPetition has been set down for hearing in chambers at the Constitutional Court at 11:00am today. MISA were advised that ZBC had been given sole authority to broadcast, but they are challenging that monopoly. pic.twitter.com/CPJqBwVWkG
— Doug Coltart ✊🏽🇿🇼 (@DougColtart) August 21, 2018
In its court submissions MISA sought permission for the live streaming of the election challenge hearing, through electronic media such as social media on the basis that traditional television broadcasting has a limited reach when compared to other means such as Facebook Live and Twitter.
Citing statistics by the Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ), to confirm the high national mobile phone penetration rate, they insited that live streaming the event on social media will reach a wider audience when compared with traditional radio and television channels that are mainly restricted to Zimbabwe’s major urban centres.
Furthermore, MISA is of the opinion that that granting broadcasting rights solely to ZBC goes against the spirit of a pluralised media environment envisaged in Zimbabwe’s Constitution.