By ZBC Reporter
Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister, Honourable Monica Mutsvangwa has emphasised the importance of responsible reportage by the media saying irresponsible media coverage has the potential to destroy the nation.
She was addressing students at the National Defence University in Harare this Thursday.
The minister of Information Publicity and Broadcasting Services Cde Monica Mutsvangwa says media has the capacity to build or destroy a nation hence it is a critical component of national security.
“Media can be used to achieve unparalleled negativity, abuse of the media practitioners has led to serious social and security problems in the country. National defence and security have to be vigilant to the power play in the media space.to defend you have to be conscious of your interests,” she said.
Minister Mutsvangwa said the misleading story about Victoria Falls drying up must be a wake-up call for the local media to avoid being used by negative elements.
“Last month the BBC ran a fake story alluding that the Victoria Falls has dried up. It was interesting to see how tourists who visited the falls also took to the social media to counter the BBC story,” said Cde Mutsvangwa.
She called on those who frequently use social media to be responsible as they can be used by those with evil agendas to cause total mayhem in families and the country at large.
“Social media has been used to peddle falsehoods about individuals, Government and Government officials as well as about whole countries. Such stories, if they can be called stories at all, have a negative effect on security,” she said.
She highlighted a number of positive roles the media plays in nation-building and development.
By ZBC Reporter