Government has announced new media accreditation fees which will see local journalists pay more than three times the amounts they paid to renew their accreditation last year.
According to Statutory Instrument 65 of 2022 gazetted by government Friday, Zimbabwean journalists working for local media who are seeking to renew their accreditation shall fork out US$15 or the Zimbabwe dollar equivalent of just above $2 000 using the current official rate of US$1: 134.74.
Accreditation fees for local journalists were pegged at ZW$600 for first applicant last year and ZW$500 for renewal of accreditation.
In 2020, the same fees were pegged at ZW$120 and ZW$80, respectively.
The newly gazetted fees are with effect from 1 January 2022.
The levies being administered by the Zimbabwe Media Commission (ZMC) are with approval from the Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services.
According to the SI, fees for first time applicants for accreditation are pegged at US$20 while a fee of US$10 shall be levied on those seeking replacement for lost accreditation cards.
“Fees for registration of local mass media services and accreditation of local journalists are payable in local currency using the foreign exchange inter-bank rate of the day,” read the SI.
Local journalists working for foreign media shall part with US$50 with both accreditation and renewal fees pegged at US$150.
Prospective licence holders of local mass media services are now required to part with US$300 in application fees while US$2 000 is paid for registration.
Licence renewal for the process is pegged at US$1000 while a fine of US$500 shall be levied for late renewal.