Tourism minister calls for alternative to ZBC

HARARE Tourism Minister Walter Mzembi (pictured) has bemoaned governments reluctance to licence new media companies, saying Zimbabwean society has been divided by a polarised media.

Speaking at the official opening of this years Sanganai/Hlanganani

Travel Expo in Harare, Mzembi said the media played a pivotal role in marketing the country, yet very few media organisations operated in the country. This situation led to local journalists writing for the foreign media, which did not tell the Zimbabwean story from a Zimbabwean perspective.

We still have one broadcaster and no alternative, he said.

The formation of Zimbabwe Media Commission (ZMC), which replaced the Tafataona Mahoso-led Media and Information Commission (MIC), left Zimbabweans with the hope of seeing other broadcasters coming into play, but nothing has happened to date, with Zanu (PF) against the idea of freeing the airwaves.

Mzembi is the first Zanu (PF) member to openly call for the liberalisation of the airwaves in Zimbabwe.

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