By ZBC Reporter
INFORMATION, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Deputy Minister Honourable Kindness Paradza says government is creating a better working environment for journalists through various media reforms.
Honourable Paradza says the government has repealed draconian media laws such as the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act – Aippa making sure the new legislation is aligned to the Constitution.
Addressing journalists in Chinhoyi during the Mashonaland west media awards ceremony, Honourable Paradza said government wants to create an environment in which journalists work without fear and harassment.
“The second republic repealed bad laws and aligned laws and policies to the Constitution. We instituted media reforms. We have made it possible and clear that journalists have to do their work without fear and harassment. They need to feel they are working in a peaceful environment.”
The main sponsors Zimplats represented by head of corporate affairs, Mrs Busi Chindove and Mashonaland west provincial affairs and devolution Minister Honourable Mary Mliswa paid tribute to the media for its key role in information dissemination during the covid-19 era and urged scribes to be part of the nation building process .
“Often as journalists, people take you for granted but perhaps they don’t go beyond understanding who would have made it possible for them to keep informed. It is with sadness that we remember the journalists who passed on due to covid 19 . For people to know about covid 19 , it was because of you.”
“Play your role towards attaining vision 2030. Attainment of vision 2030 is dependent on a narrative that furthers the Zimbabwean ideology. What you write has got impact on how people view Zimbabwe.”
ZBC News Mashonaland West Bureau Chief Regis Mhako and Cameraperson Tambaoga Gora were among the winners.