22. Board may alter or reverse its decisions.
23. Minister may alter decisions of Board and Appeal Board.
24. Admission of certain persons free of charge.
25. Seizure of articles for examination by Board.
26. Prohibition of possession of prohibited articles.
27. Prohibition of restricted person.
28. Display or advertisement of restrictions imposed by Board.
29. Exemption or declaration not invalidated by failure to publish in Gazette.
30. When ignorance of Board’s declaration a defence.
31. Evidence.
32. Offences and penalties.
33. Determination of what is indecent or obscene or offensive or harmful to public morals.
34. Regulations generally.
35. Regulations relating to theatres.
AN ACT to regulate and control the public exhibition of films, the importation, production, dissemination and possession of undesirable or prohibited video and film material, publications, pictures, statues and records and the giving of public entertainments; to regulate theatres and like
places of public entertainment in the interests of safety; and to provide for matters incidental to the
[Date of commencement: 1st December, 1967.]

1 Short title
This Act may be cited as the Censorship and
Entertainments Control Act [Chapter 10:04].
2 Interpretation
In this Act—
“Board” means the Board of Censors appointed
under section three;
“committee” means a committee appointed under section five;
“drive-in theatre” means a place constructed for
the admission of vehicles thereto and provided with
stands or other accommodation for vehicles, so
arranged that persons may witness the entertainment or film while seated in such vehicles;
“entertainment” includes any stage play, tragedy, comedy, farce, opera, burlesque, interlude,
melodrama, strip-tease, pantomime, dialogue,
prologue, epilogue, concert, cabaret, circus or other
dramatic or musical entertainment or any part
“film” means—
(a) any sequence of visual images recorded on
any material, whether photographic film,
magnetic tape or any other material, so as to
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be capable, by the use of such material, of being—
(i) shown as a moving picture; or
(ii) recorded on other material, by the use of
which it can be shown as a moving picture; and
(b) the sounds embodied on any sound-track
associated with a film as defined in paragraph
(a); and
(c) any portion of a film as defined in paragraph
(a) intended for the purpose of advertising
such a film; and
(d) any exhibited illustration of any matter
relating to any film as defined in paragraph
(a); and
(e) any picture intended for exhibition through
the medium of any mechanical, electronic or
other device;
“film advertisement” means an advertisement
of a film other than an advertisement contained in a
newspaper or periodical;
“import” means to bring, or cause to be brought,
into Zimbabwe;
“judicial proceeding” means a proceeding before any court, tribunal or person having by law
power to hear, receive and examine evidence on


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