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Government committed to eradicating media polarisation

Story by Fungai Jachi

ZIMBABWE joins the rest of the world in celebrating World Press Freedom Day with government saying it will continue to put in place progressive media policies to eradicate polarisation.

In a statement to mark World Press Freedom Day this Friday, the Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, Dr Jenfan Muswere reiterated government’s commitment to creating an enabling environment in the media sector.

He noted the strides made by the Second Republic to ensure a safe, free and competitive operating environment for all media to thrive which include the enactment of media friendly laws and repealing of laws that impede smooth media operations.

He also noted how the repeal of the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (AIPPA) led to the opening up of airwaves for both radio and television.

Dr Muswere highlighted that government is amending the Zimbabwe Media Commission Act and the Broadcasting Services Act, with the Media Practitioners Bill under consideration for amendment.

With this year’s commemorations running under the theme “A press for the planet. Journalism in the Face of the Environmental Crisis,” Dr Muswere implored the media to report objectively on environmental issues and possible solutions.

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