Second Republic walking the talk in advancing media freedom

By ZBC Reporter

GOVERNMENT says the Second Republic is walking the talk in enhancing press freedom as indicated by a number of legal, attitudinal and cultural change reforms instituted in the last few years.

Press Freedom Day commemorations which were held in Bulawayo this Monday under the theme “Journalism Under Siege” saw the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Mr Nick Mangwana highlighting that Zimbabwe’s media landscape has changed for the better since the coming in of the Second Republic.

“Zimbabwe’s media landscape has changed since the coming of the Second Republic. There was a time when MISA and the government would not sit at the same table and have a conversation. There is a lot of legislative reforms which have been effected to enhance press freedom,” he said.

UNESCO Regional Director Dr Lidia Arthur Brito said this year’s theme is alive to the dangers that journalists face in the digital age.

“This year’s theme recognises the importance and dangers that the digital world brings. Reliable information is important, journalists’ play an important role and they are a public good that needs to be supported and protected,” he noted.

Head of the African Governance Ambassador Salah Hammad weighed in saying journalists have a role to play in driving agenda 2063.

“Media freedom is the cornerstone of human rights that should be protected by protecting journalists. Journalism is also important for accountability and participation so they have a role to play in pushing agenda 2063,” he said.

Press Freedom Day is commemorated every year on the 3rd of May as a reminder to governments on the need to respect their commitment to the autonomy of the media.