By Zbc Reporter
The government says media practitioners should be allowed to carry out their duties without any hindrances.
Zimbabwe joins the world in commemorating world press freedom day.
Senator Monica Mutsvangwa (Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services
Zimbabwe has this Sunday joined the rest of the world in commemorating World Press Freedom Day which is commemorated every year on 3rd of May.
In her speech to mark the day in Harare, the Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, Senator Monica Mutsvangwa expressed government’s commitment to ensure that media practitioners are given the necessary space and salaries to carry out their duties.
“The threats of death, imprisonment of reporters and journalists have no place in civilised societies. It is also important to ensure that press workers’ welfare is improved through the provision of decent working conditions and life rewarding salaries. The Government’s commitment to these regional and international instruments is reinforced by our own country’s supreme law, the constitution, section 61 and 62 provides for these freedoms. It is, therefore, befitting to observe the day and raise awareness among our people on the importance of press freedom.”
The Minister also urged journalists to avoid sensationalism in their reportage and stand up against misinformation.
“On their part, journalists have to improve on the standards of the profession. Report in an informative and analytical way. Avoid the temptation of tabloid sensationalism, this is why my Ministry with cooperating partners carried out a number of training workshops for journalists to improve on their Covid-19 reporting skills”
Minister Mutsvangwa also pledged government’s commitment towards the safety of journalists during these trying times, while Zimbabwe Union of Journalists Secretary General, Foster Dongozi had words of advice to employers and other stakeholders.
”Government has also emphasised the need to ensure that journalists’ safety is guaranteed and that all media workers have access to protective clothing and equipment,” Sen Monica Mutsvangwa
Globally, the day has been commemorated in different ways due to the COVID-19 pandemic.