Zimbabwe decides to merge telecoms regulator and broadcasting regulator

The Government of Zimbabwe has decided to merge Zimbabwe Post and Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (POTRAZ) with the country’s Broadcasting Authority (BAZ). The permanent secretary of the Ministry of Media, Information and Broadcasting, George Charamba revealed it.

According to him, “the reasoning behind the merger of POTRAZ and BAZ is simple: we are dealing with an industry that has been reconfirmed by technology and we are talking about technological convergence in a field that has historically been separate. With the merger, we will no longer have any wall between the two entities. ”

According to George Charamba, “currently, when you regulate telecommunications, you must also pay attention to what is happening in the field of broadcasting. The merger of the two regulatory bodies is therefore the best way to have adequate regulation for a global and transversal decision-making, “he says.

For the Zimbabwean branch of the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA), this government decision will open the field of broadcasting to private actors and community broadcasters. But for these digital opportunities to materialize, the organization’s mission is to promote freedom of expression, access to information and a free, independent, diverse and pluralistic media. Calls on the government to amend current media laws and policies.