Abuse of Press Jackets to avoid arrest for driving without licences, set to end ZMC executive secretary, Mr Godwin Phiri

Sikhumbuzo Moyo, [email protected]

THE Zimbabwe Media Commission has announced that going forward, Press Jackets issued to journalists will have recognisable serial numbers to counter abuse of ‘the tool of trade.’

Speaking at the two-day Post Election National Media Review Indaba that kicked off in  Bulawayo Monday morning, the ZMC executive secretary, Mr Godwin Phiri said the commission continues to note with concern, the abuse of the Press Jackets with some journalists even going to an extent of driving their cars without valid driver’s licence.

“These jackets have been seen in vegetable markets, people selling their wares while putting them on in an effort to either evade confrontation with law enforcement officers or to try and have a competitive advantage over their rivals. Sometimes these jackets are turned into driver’s licences where people, knowing fully well that they do not possess valid driver’s licences, use the same jackets to pass through police roadblocks, this is criminal as a matter of fact,” said Mr Phiri.

“So in future, we want to have these Press Jackets display visible and recognisable serial numbers so as to control this lawlessness,” said Mr Phiri

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