No room for media polarisation: Moyo

ACTING Information, Media and Broadcasting Services minister Simon Khaya Moyo has said media polarisation has no room in President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s administration.

By Njabulo Ncube

Moyo said media repression witnessed under former President Robert Mugabe’s administration was a thing of the past during Mnangagwa’s reign.

“Media polarisation, which has been the hallmark of our media discourse, has no room in Zimbabwe under the new political dispensation, which enjoins all Zimbabweans to work together focusing on developing our economy,” he said at the launch of a European Union and Norwegian supported Media on Governance and Electoral Matters in Zimbabwe programme on Thursday.

“The dictum, ‘iwe neni tine basa (you and I have a job to do)’ is a refrain, which should remind all of us in the media that we have a role to play in shaping the destiny of our country.”

Khaya Moyo told participants, who included foreign diplomats, journalists and Media Alliance of Zimbabwe partners, that the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (Aippa) and the Broadcasting Services Act, which perpetuates the monopoly of State broadcaster, the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation, were being aligned to the country’s new Constitution.

“Government is at hand to give assistance and support to the media to ensure that they carry out their work unimpeded in a peacefully working environment.

“After all, media freedom, access to information and fee expression are guaranteed by our Constitution,” he said.
Without giving full details, Moyo said new television players were coming on board.

“And even before then, as soon as government acquires set-top boxes, we should begin to roll out digital television services in areas that have proximity to digitalised transmitter sites,” he said.

Moyo urged the media to truthfully inform the world about the transparency of Zimbabwe’s electoral processes, adding credible elections were a collective responsibility and all stakeholders, including the media, had a role in contributing to polls whose outcome would be universally accepted. The government spokesperson said the hallmark of thriving democracies was the presence of an informed citizenry, which participates in the national discourse through free expression.

“Let bygones be bygones; President Mnangagwa has said on many public fora and this message applies equally to the communications sector, which should embrace a new media ethos that focuses on supporting the country’s economic development efforts,” he said.

Under Mugabe’s rule, the media were under siege due to repressive media laws top, among them, the Public Order and Security Act and Aippa, resulting in several journalists being assaulted, arrested and intimidated.

7 Comments

  1. Comment…Charity begins at home. Local media, especially The Herald and zbc must not be partisan, eg Dr Joy Mujuru was attacked by zpf thugs but this is not considered newsworthy by the two institutions yet ED claims he want free and fair elections. People have remained skeptical about the so-called new dispensation as they recall ED’s role in gukurahundi, murambatsvina and 2008 presidential run-off elections. Zbc remains zanu broadcasting corporation and not Zimbabwe broadcasting corporation reporting only zpf issues and events. ED must walk the talk by publicly stopping the collection of serial numbers as this is a psychological strategy to frighten rural voters to vote for zpf.

  2. Zbc can remain zanu brodcasting corporation if they want it that way but they should immediately allow the return of Joy TV

  3. Comment…@magame, licences are issued selectively, only to zpf supporters like radio licences given to Supa Mandiwanzira and Zimpapers(Herald). They are trying to block Kwese tv.

  4. Until POSA and AIPPA are removed from the statutes and all shades of political views printed, broadcast and encouraged on the so-called state or official media, I remain very skeptical of what Moyo is saying here. I hope this govt is not using the strategy of saying all the right things and doing nothing on the ground to dupe foreign investors because it will expose them sooner rather than later.

  5. Comment… Khaya Moyo is spot on . ED has agenda(political tune) diametrically contrary to Bob’s. Why not listen attentively to ED’s more inspiring new(political) tune.? Why prefer to be prophetic about ED’s new tune after patiently listening to Mugabe’s markedly less inspiring dull tune for close to 4 decades? Smarks of some sinister concealed agenda against ED. Putting it simply ED is simply saying the national political and economic stumbling is now removed, its now time for kumunda and diligent nation building by all patriots. Its no longer time for idle political speculation. He is inviting all patriots to come on board. It is left to others to conveniently re-define Zimbabwe’s own ACTUAL national necessity, needlessly.

  6. In every country be it Britain,Russia,America or South Africa there is a media which is the spinning doctor for the gvt eg BBC. I don’t mind that as long as others are allowed to challenge them and the Gvt that’s how the cookie crumpled.

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