Second Republic committed to creating conducive working environment for the media

By Fungai Jachi

GOVERNMENT has reiterated its commitment towards the implementation of media reforms to promote diversity and create a conducive working environment for public and private media organisations.

The Chief Director in the Ministry of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, John Gandari at celebrations to mark the 25th anniversary of the Standard Newspaper in Harare this Monday, noted the strides made by the Second Republic in transforming the media sector.

“The Second Republic has seen an increase in the media players which is promoting diversity in the industry. My ministry has repealed IPPA and there is a new legislation that is tabled which will enable the media to work even better. The new bill seeks to tie up loose ends as it is focus is to improve regulation of the media industry. The media should continue to reimagine itself with technology and it should continue playing it is role of promoting unity and peace while promoting the attainment of national aspirations,” said Gandari.

A total of 14 community radio stations having been licensed while six free to air television licenses have been issued to independent players.

 Seven campus radio stations have also been established at tertiary institutions.

Various pieces of legislation have also been put in place, bearing testimony to the reform agenda.