Protest for Media Freedom and fair ZBC licensing fees

Press statement Women of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA)

Women of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA) members have collected 99 974 petition signatures calling on a reform of the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation and reduction of licensing fees for areas that only have one television channel.

Since Monday seven separate protests involving 680 members have been conducted in Bulawayo where petition signatures were handed over to local Post offices which are the paying point for the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation.

The post offices visited were Tshabalala; Sekusile in Nketa; Mpopoma; Mzilikazi; Entumbane; Magwegwe and also the Main post office in town.

The post offices were selected to be a focal point of the protest due to the armed and dangerous offices of the state broadcaster in Montrose suburb of Bulawayo.

Most post office managers received the petitions and indicated that they would pass on the message on but one manager referred the activist to Nonceba Mkandla at Montrose Studios who is apparently in charge of ZBC Bulawayo.

WOZA call on all Zimbabweans residing outside Harare to join the call for a lower licensing fee and for a total reform of programming.

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