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Media urged to refrain from sensationalising Gukurahundi issues

Story by Bruce Chahwanda, Political Editor

The Zimbabwe Media Commission (ZMC) has called on journalists to refrain from sensationalising Gukurahundi issues, amid government efforts to bring closure to the post-independence disturbances.

The Chiefs Council, which is working with government on an outreach programme meant to bring closure to the disturbances, will visit affected communities and engage the media for publicity purposes.

The Zimbabwe Media Commission engaged journalists in Harare this Monday and set up a committee to come up with reporting guidelines and a binding pledge for the media.

ZMC Executive Secretary Mr Godwin Phiri said, “As a media commission, we are undertaking a role to train journalists on how to report in a conflict-sensitive environment. We want the media practitioners to be the amplifiers of community voice not to distort and not to promote falsehoods.”

Police spokesperson, Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi said they will enforce peace in the outreach programmes.

“The ZRP will deploy police officers to ensure that we maintain peace within communities. We are also there to ensure that journalists perform their duties freely,” he said.

Journalists in Harare have endorsed what the committee has done so far working under the guidance of the Chiefs Council and the Zimbabwe Media Commission.

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