ZMC wants Moyo to address media concerns

The Zimbabwe Media Commission has asked to meet with the media, information and broadcasting services minister, Jonathan Moyo, to present a catalogue of issues that need to be tackled. On the list are speedy alignment of media laws with the new constitution and an end to laws, such as the Access to Information and the Protection of Privacy Act.

ZMC commissioner Chris Mhike.
ZMC commissioner Chris Mhike.

Chris Mhike, a ZMC commissioner spoke to The Zimbabwean on the sidelines of a Media Institute of Southern Africa (Zimbabwe chapter) consultation meeting in Mutare. He said they had invited Moyo to their offices.

“We have made a request to meet with the minister and we hope that the meeting will happen. The concerns we will raise are the concerns which have been voiced by the industry,” he said. “We will recommend that he implements and addresses those issues. Obvious issues are around the areas of law that make the practice of journalism difficult. We would also want government to implement the three-tier broadcasting system so that there are public, commercial and community radio stations as stated in the new constitution.”

Since his appointment, Moyo has been touring media institutions promising them a cordial working relationship.

“We commend his gesture and what he has done since his appointment. It’s positive and it should continue,” added Mhike.

The ZMC commissioner also said on the agenda of the meeting would be the issue of funding

“ZMC is underfunded. We have failed to attend to numerous constitutional mandates because of underfunding and we will highlight that to him,” said Mhike.

According to Mhike, more than 85 media houses have been licensed by the Zimbabwe Media Commission since its formation five years ago.

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