BAZ must free up the airwaves: Senator Mutsvangwa

By ZBC Reporter
THE Ministry of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services has challenged parastatals under its ministry and stakeholders to ensure that they facilitate a two-way communication process between the government and the people.
The issue of facilitating effective communication through the media came under the spotlight during the Integrated Results-Based Management planning review workshop currently underway in Darwendale.
In a speech read on her behalf by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Nick Mangwana, Senator Monica Mutsvangwa challenged the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ) to license more television and radio players to achieve this objective.
“We want to see more players coming in before the first half of the year. Let’s open up the airwaves,” she said.
BAZ board Vice-Chairperson Ms Audrey Chihota called on prospective broadcasting players to put their houses in order for them to be licensed.
“Put your purpose in order and apply for the licenses, before the first half of the year ends, we will be issuing out licenses,” she said.
Various stakeholders who include the voluntary media council of Zimbabwe, Alpha Media Holdings and ABC communications called on the ministry to ensure a safe working environment for journalists.
“Please make sure that journalists are safe when they are conducting their duties. We have received a lot of reports of journalists who are being harassed or beaten while doing their work,” they said.
The three-day strategic planning review workshop which will end on Friday was also attended by the deputy minister of information, publicity and broadcasting services Honourable Energy Mutodi as well as top management from the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation-ZBC and Zimpapers.