Tsvangirai to Grace World Press Freedom Day

Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has accepted Media Institute of Southern Africa Zimbabwe Chapter’s world Press Freedom day commemorations’ invitation in Harare were MISA wants him to share his thoughts on the country’s media environment.

Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai
Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai

Tsvangirai is on record calling for the immediate opening of airwaves and the reconstitution of the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe responsible for the issuance of broadcasting licences.

Tsvangirai, President Robert Mugabe and leader of the smaller MDC party Arthur Mutambara agreed to re-constitute the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ) board as well as those of the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC), Mass Media Trust and Zimpapers but Media Information and Publicity Minister Webster Shamu is said to be refusing to comply.

Tsvangirai is a victim of the state media which continues to vilify him despite being the head of government.

“We have invited Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai who has confirmed to grace our Harare commemorations in Kuwadzana on the 3rd of May.

“On this day we are not commemorating but recognising by making a massage to government that we are still lagging behind .That we still have a monolith system managing our media and ourselves the way we communicate and the way we interact,” MISA Zimbabwe Advocacy officer Thabani Moyo told Radio VOP in an interview.

MISA says in other towns the commemorations are going to be held belatedly.

Media freedom in the country remains an issue despite the formation of the Global political Agreement which calls for airwaves to be freed.

The inclusive government although it has moved a step in registering new players in the print media it is yet to demonstrate its sincerity by freeing the airwaves.

Attempting to free the airwaves government last year in November invited applications for aspiring radio licences which it gave to Zimpapers Talk Radio and ABcommunications, all pro ZANU (PF) media organisations.

“There are no new voices in the electronic media, it is like ZBC is being segmented into pockets to send the same ZANU (PF) massages at different times,” Thabani Moyo added.

World Press Freedom Day is annually observed on May 3 to inform the international community that freedom of the press and freedom of expression are fundamental human rights. This day reminds people that many journalists brave death or face jail to bring daily news to the public.

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