By Peter Chivhima
Journalists have been implored to promote national development through factual reportage.
This emerged as journalists and stakeholders from the media sector converged in Harare this Thursday for a media policy symposium focusing on ways of improving the working environment for members of the fourth estate.
Guest of Honour and Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, Senator Monica Mutsvangwa encouraged members of the fourth estate to contribute to national development through factual reportage.
“We expect journalists to be factual and contribute to the development of the nation. We need to put Zimbabwe on the limelight through our reportage,” she said.
Senator Mutsvangwa also highlighted that the second republic is committed to creating a conducive working environment for journalists despite obstacles being encountered in the sector.
“Government is committed to improve and help the media industry to grow. Although we have challenges, the New Dispensation managed to come up with some reforms to make the media industry a better place,” said Minister Mutsvangwa.
The symposium was also an opportunity for the parent ministry to clarify the waiver of duty for procuring Broadcasting equipment.
With all these strides, the government got a pat on the back for creating a safe media working space.
“As MISA we have noted some positives in the industry and our government has made a lot of progress in coming up with laws which are friendly for journalists,” Media Institute of Southern Africa Zimbabwe Chapter Chairperson, Golden Maunganidze said.
The enactment of the Freedom of Information Bill, repealing of the long-criticised Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act, licensing of 14 community radio stations and six television stations, are some of the notable achievements made by the second republic in transforming the media landscape.