‘Govt committed to media reforms’

ACTING Information minister Simon Khaya Moyo yesterday said government was committed to implementing the long-awaited media reforms to guarantee freedom of expression for all citizens and enable journalists to freely discharge their duties.

By Tinotenda Munyukwi

Addressing stakeholders at the official launch of a privately-owned financial weekly, The Business Times, Khaya Moyo said:“Let me assure our media practitioners that government is committed to implementing necessary reforms in their industry that will help propel Zimbabwe into the developed economy and society we want it to be in the next decade.”
Draconian media laws such as the Broadcasting Services Act, Broadcasting Services Act, Official Secrets Act and the Access to information and Protection of Privacy Act have always been cited as impediments to the full realisation of freedom of expression amongst other fundamental rights.

“Government wants to see our citizens enjoying all modern media products irrespective of their environments, and to fully enjoy their freedom to access information through all available platforms, a matter guaranteed by the constitution,” he said, while pleading with journalists to focus more on positive developments carried out by government.

“Positive development needs responsible journalism. Let us work together to put our country back on the international map instead of destroying it through careless reporting. My appeal to media houses is to say that let us be guided by the national interest in giving policy direction to out newsrooms.”

“Let’s always think of Zimbabwe and its people in everything we write. We should not be swayed by personal benefits,” he advised.

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5 Comments

  1. ANA ZVIIKO ZVAMUCHATINYEPERA APA. WE ARE TIRED OF ALL THESE LIES. HAUGUTEWO HERE NHAI.

  2. Anyone who believes these Zanu PF liars is also a liar plus more. One needs to ask oneself if these guys have been in power for 38 years have they even done 38 national things collectively and progressively? or they have collectively reduced the national standard of living to 38% of what it was 38 years ago? Why do they never run out of promises? Is it because there are more fools out there than thinking citizens?

    1. It is because there are more fools out there than thinking citizens.Really? So anyone who thinks otherwise is a fool to Anonymous and his ilk?
      I believe that Anonymous has a right to believe what the opposition promises as much and the same applies for others to believe what ZANU promises for better or for worse.
      That is democracy.
      No amount of name calling will change the supposedly “fool” minds in fact it is retrogressive and smacks of intolerance.
      At the end of the day after the elections “we” will still have a country to build and move forward.

  3. tinei ganyani

    ve Media vanofanirwa kupatsanura nyaya dze politics nenyaya dzinoita upfumi hwenyika huvandudzwe. kana ED aitawo paEconomic reforms anofanirwa kutaurwa nezvawo in a positive manner then kuPolitical sphere moita zvamunoda. manje tikatanga kungosvora nyika yedu tega achazoirumbidza ndiyani?

  4. Thank you nekutipa this type of forums but this positive development needs responsible journalism. Let us work together to put our country back on the international map instead of destroying it through careless reporting. My appeal to media houses is to say that let us be guided by the national interest in giving policy direction to out newsrooms. Ngapave nemitemo inosunga avo vanokanganisa the freedom to access right information.

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