The Media Institute of Southern Africa (Misa) Zimbabwe will on Saturday partner with the Artists for Democracy in Zimbabwe Trust in staging a “Free the Airwaves Now” concert to push for liberalisation of the broadcasting sector in the country.
Tabani Moyo, Misa Zimbabwe advocacy officer, said the concert would be held at Warren Park 1 Shopping Centre in Harare in the morning and Explosion Dance Group, Sniper and Dino Mudondo are billed to perform at the event.
Moyo said the event was being held as part of Misa’s efforts to engage the government to open up airwaves and allow new players to take part in the industry.
“It is our right as people of Zimbabwe to have diverse views. Such views can only be promoted through a level-playing field in the media,” said Moyo.
“We need a diverse broadcasting sector as we are only limited to ZBC products. There should be State, public, private and community media.”
Misa, which seeks ways to promote the free flow of information and co-operation between media workers as a principal means of nurturing democracy and human rights in Africa, has been holding such events in Zimbabwe since 2008 when the country went through some rough patches.
They held more of peace concerts in Bulawayo, Gwanda, Masvingo, Chitungwiza and Bulawayo. They have also hosted Press freedom events as an encouragement to have free media.
The concert will be Misa Zimbabwe’s third gig in Harare towards its call for liberalisation of the broadcasting sector.
Moyo said other efforts that Misa had put towards the campaign had yielded limited results hence their decision to host concerts to keep the pressure mounting in order to see some change.