Misa castigates Zanu PF attacks on private media

THE Media Institute of Southern Africa (Misa-Zimbabwe chapter) yesterday castigated attempts by Zanu PF to demonise the private media’s coverage of the prevailing factionalism in the ruling party.

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In a statement, Misa said attempts to attach political identities to the private media and their continuous labelling as an extension of the opposition was unacceptable, adding threats against the private media would continue to portray Zimbabwe as a pariah State.

“While Misa-Zimbabwe acknowledges Zanu PF’s right to embargo some information relating to its internal business, it strongly condemns attempts to demonise the media outlets that report on the party issues and seeming criminalisation of those party members that exercise their right to propagate their views on succession,” the Misa statement read.

“Misa-Zimbabwe views attempts to attach political identities on the private media as unjustifiable and potentially dangerous to the news outlets, who for long have been subjected to both legal and extra-legal obstacles spurred on by inciting and reckless political pronouncements by public figures.”

The media rights lobby group said the recent description of private media as “opposition papers” by President Robert Mugabe was also unacceptable.
“It is Misa-Zimbabwe’s considered view that any pronouncements and efforts to criminalise the work of the media — operating legally in the country — and their sources is in conflict with the new Constitution, which guarantees citizens’ right to propagate their views, media freedom and access to information.”

6 Responses to Misa castigates Zanu PF attacks on private media

  1. Danza September 9, 2014 at 6:46 am #

    Mugabe is now afraid of every. Acharambidza neKitsi yake kuchema.

    • avalon September 9, 2014 at 11:29 am #

      the government is in place to serve the people and scrutiny and reports on their actions are our rights as a people who are being represented

      • Buffalowjump September 10, 2014 at 1:53 am #

        Excellent comment.

  2. mamoyo September 9, 2014 at 10:49 am #

    President is right, private media inongopublisher zvina zvinongoshoresa gvt then what? nxaa

  3. nhamo September 9, 2014 at 11:14 am #

    Our Zim Government has failed tamama vakomana hey

  4. DZAMBIRINGWAMUNYEMBA September 9, 2014 at 11:22 am #

    It is not the private media which caused the factional fights currently dogging ZANU PF.The truth that ZANU PF is crumbling remains the same. Zva vaMugabe ndezvekupererwa. Anyone outside ZANU PF is an enemy of Zimbabwe,according to Mugabe.WHAT MADNESS,STUPIDITY!!!!

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