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Media urged to provide fair coverage during election period

Story by Colette Musanyera

Government has implored local media to be objective and provide equitable coverage to all political players during the election period.

This came out during a tour of various historical monuments by the visiting Palestinian media delegation in Harare this Monday.

The delegation’s first port of call was the National Heroes Acre where the Director International Communication in the Ministry of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, Mr Richard Mahomva highlighted the purpose of the delegation’s visit and noted the need for the media to be objective in their reportage.

He told the ZBC News, “The purpose of their visit relates to media training that the Ministry of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services is going to be conducting nationally. We are keen on creating reportage that is fair and equal to all given the mandate we have as the government, which feeds into the NDS1 agenda of image building. Their visit also provides a platform to build investment opportunities through media platforms since the delegation is made up of media influencers from Palestine.

Palestinian Ambassador to Zimbabwe His Excellency Tamer Almasri reckons Palestine and Zimbabwe have a lot in common, which calls for close cooperation in various areas.

“To continue our relations and develop… this is not the first delegation in Zimbabwe. We share our solidarity since our struggle is similar. The principles of our great leaders are similar. We continue to maintain relations since we share a lot of things and we will continue to work together in various areas of cooperation,” said Ambassador Almasri.

The delegation also toured the Museum of African Liberation where INSTAK chief executive officer, Dr Kwame Muzawazi spoke on the prospects of raising the Palestinian flag at the museum.

He said, “We have seen Zimbabwe’s dedication towards its history through the monuments. These monuments are of great significance because they show what Zimbabwe has achieved after colonialism.”

“Collaboration between our Museum and the Yasser Arafat which are all about the quest for Liberation and the struggle for Liberation. We also talked about the prospects of raising the Palestinian flag at the Museum of African Liberation among other 55 African flags, the Chinese Russian, Swiss and Cuban flags that are already flying around,” he added.

From the Museum of African Liberation, the delegation visited the National Gallery of Zimbabwe.

The Palestinian delegation, which arrived in Zimbabwe Sunday, is on a ten-day visit to the country.

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