ZACRAS spreads the word

Zimbabwe will this year participate in the Conference on Community Radios and Access to Information in Southern Africa, which takes place in Maputo from December 3-5.

The Conference, to be held under the theme “Critical Reflection on Community Radios and Access to information in Southern Africa”, will be attended by delegates from various national community radio associations from southern Africa.

Among them will be the National Community Radios Forum of South Africa, the Namibian Community Radio Network and community radio initiatives from Zambia. Zimbabwe will be represented by the Zimbabwe Association of Community Radios.

ZACRAS Chairperson, Gift Mambiri, said by attending the conference, they hoped to take their advocacy campaign across the globe.

“As you are aware, Zimbabwe has no (registered) community radio stations while our neighbor South Africa has got 150. If you look at the SADC region, it is only Zimbabwe that has no community radios. That is what we want to highlight,” he said.

He added that they would take their case to both SADC and the AU.

“Africa passed the Windhoek Declaration of 1994 which emphasizes that member states should have a three tier broadcasting system, but Zimbabwe, despite being a signatory, has not achieved that,” he said.

Mambiri said they were going to learn from other participants and share best practices in the field of broadcasting. He expressed the concern that funding for local community radios was poor.

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