PANOS to open air waves

zbctvHARARE - PANOS Southern Africa is going to engage the inclusive government and push it to open up the air waves, according to the organisations executive director.

Zimbabwe has one state controlled broadcaster, the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC), which has four radio stations and two television channels.

In an interview in Harare on the sidelines of a media workshop, PANOS Southern Africa Executive Director, Parkie Mbozi, said it was disturbing to note that Zimbabwe was the only country in the region with no community radio stations.

He said he was going to engage the government through relevant authorities and find out its position towards the issue of opening up the airwaves.

Plans are underway to engage the Zimbabwean government through the Zimbabwean Broadcasting Authority and the Zimbabwe Media Commission and political parties concerned and find out what is happening in as far as the opening up of the airwaves is concerned.

The encouraging development for us as an organization that supports media development, is that there are now structures that we can deal with to promote media plurality and our intention is to very soon engage those structures and present findings from the research we did on the state of the media in Southern Africa.

Mbozi said given the chance he was going to share lessons on democratic media laws which prevail in other countries.

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