By Kenias Chivuzhe
THE Government has reiterated its commitment to promoting media freedom and ensuring a conducive environment for the production, distribution and consumption of media content which celebrates Africa.
In her Africa Day message, the Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, Senator Monica Mutsvangwa underscored the importance of a media which promotes the Pan-Africanist agenda that resulted in the formation of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), now the African Union, 59 years ago.
“In the face of Imperialist hegemony, we celebrate the illustrious role of pan African conscious media players who have lobbied the Afro censored information sharing and, in the process, strengthening the synergies of the continent and its diaspora,” she said.
“The ministry of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting services salutes all media organisations that supported our liberation struggle. As a nation we are indebted to the solidarity given to us by friendly African media players in supporting our policies at the continental and global stage since 1980.”
Minister Mutsvangwa says Zimbabwe is grateful for the support from SADC, the African Union and pro-Zimbabwe media in the fight against the illegal sanctions.
“We express our exclusive gratitude to the various media houses that have projected a positive image of our nation in the past 21 years since the imposition of illegal sanctions by the United States of America and its other worldwide anti-land reform alliance. The ministry of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services further expresses unreserved gratitude to the AU and SADC for initiating the now widely embraced October 25 anti-sanctions resolution. We are thankful that the continent find value in our calls for the unequivocal removal of the illegal sanctions. This support resonates well with the pan African anti colonial agency enforced through the constitutive act of the African Union.”
Under the leadership of President Emmerson Mnangagwa, Zimbabwe has scored milestones in promoting media freedom.
“Our decorated new dispensation, President ED Mnangagwa’s passion for transformative governance has been of great service to reform the information, publicity and broadcasting sector in Zimbabwe. His constitutional enablement of media reforms has seen an accelerated licensing of new media houses, community radio stations and televisions in order to breach the urban- rural communication gap. In addition, the second republic has put in place mechanisms to facilitate ease of accreditation for Zimbabwean and visiting media practitioners and journalists. The new legislation which has been put in place under the second republic has allowed journalism to strive in a free and open media environment.
“Under the able leadership of his excellence Dr ED Mnangagwa our President of the republic of Zimbabwe, the ministry of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services will continue to discharge its oversight role in Zimbabwe’s media space towards the creation of an enabling environment for the creation, production, distribution and consumption of media content which genuinely celebrates Africa, Promotes African self-determination, freedom, Unity, solidarity and integration of all our people,”
Minister Mutsvangwa further highlighted that the Second Republic fully embraces the African Continental Free Trade Area, adding that the country is committed to continue playing a key role in the pursuit of regional and continental peace and security.