By Abigirl Tembo
The Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, Senator Monica Mutsvangwa has challenged journalism students to be patriotic and focus on nation building.
Senator Mutsvangwa made the call when she toured the Harare Polytechnic College Campus TV and Radio Studios this Wednesday before delivering a lecture which touched on several issues ranging from media reforms to responsible reporting.
“The New Dispensation has liberalised the media space and is currently seized with finalising the Zimbabwe Media Practitioners Bill to correct some of the inadequacies in our media and regulate the conduct of journalists to promote responsible journalism. The media has the power to build and destroy, hence the need to safeguard the public from unethical and irresponsible journalism which has been given legs by the liberalisation of the democratic space since the coming of the internet. This is our country let’s write positive things about it. It’s important to be proud of who you are especially for a country which comes after a bloodshed,” she said.
Students highlighted their concerns and challenges to the minister.
“Most of us find it very difficult to secure attachment places. Can your ministry kindly facilitate,” a student said.
“The issue of sexual harassment when students go for attachments needs to be addressed,” another noted, while another called for transport assistance for students on attachment.
Harare Polytechnic College offers certificates and Diplomas in Mass Communication and is one of the seven tertiary institutions which were offered campus radio licences by the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe.