One week left of media reform ultimatum

Media and Information Minister Webster Shamu now has just one week to implement key media reforms, under an ultimatum set by the leaders in the coalition government.


Two weeks have passed since this agreement was struck, apparently at a meeting of government principals Robert Mugabe, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and his deputy Arthur Mutambara.

Tsvangirai told a press conference just days after that meeting that Shamu had been given three weeks to reconstitute the illegal boards of the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation, the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe and the Mass Media Trust.

These boards form part of a list of key outstanding issues delaying the full implementation of the Global Political Agreement, but so far there is no sign that the ultimatum will be met.

Shamu has previously been told to reconstitute the three boards, a move that is hoped would usher in some freedom in Zimbabwe’s media space. But the ZANU PF minister has ignored these ‘orders’. – SW radio Africa News

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