State Enterprises and Parastatals minister Gorden Moyo has launched a blistering attack on the state-run media for being partisan in favour of Zanu PF instead of reflecting the inclusivity in the coalition government.
Addressing a Development Foundation for Zimbabwe economic cluster conference in Victoria Falls on Sunday, Moyo said the state media championed hate speech towards some political parties.
He said the state media had stepped up propaganda campaigns against Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC-T.
The public media is extensively covering the WikiLeaks dispatches which portray Tsvangirai and his allies in bad light.
Zanu PF jingles are being played daily on public television while President Robert Mugabe and his inner circle are enjoying favourable coverage at the expense of other parties in the inclusive government.
President Mugabe, Prime Minister Tsvangirai and Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara negotiated the coalition pact in February last year and media reforms are some of the key issues underpinned in the Global Political Agreement but Zanu PF has continued dominating the public media.
“We are disappointed by the kind of messages from the state media. The public media hasn’t done fairly well to positively portray all parties in the inclusive government,” said Moyo.
Since 2008, he said, there has been an improvement in media reforms with the registration of several newspapers including NewsDay.
Moyo said it was a delusional for Zanu PF believed that the country’s debt was ballooning because of economic sanctions that were slapped on President Mugabe and his inner circle for alleged gross human rights violations.
Zanu PF has blamed the West for causing problems related to the economic sanctions imposed on his administration.