Jonathan Moyo wants to heal media rift

HARARE - Media, Information and Broadcasting Services minister Jonathan Moyo has moved to allay fears of a media crackdown as he begins his new Cabinet term of office.

Moyo told reporters at State House yesterday soon after taking oath of office that his return to government did not in any way signify “Armageddon” for the media.

He said he was looking to heal the rift.

“I would like to use a word that was so common during the era of the inclusive government, which is, ‘if we can find each other, let us look for one another’,” Moyo said.

“If it means having an indaba with (media) stakeholders to find each other, we will do so.”

He pledged to open up the media industry to new players.

“If you talk about pluralism, yes that is an on-going process as you are aware we already have two more private stations and we will look at increasing that, but also being cognisant of the digitalisation which could open up more space,” he said.

The Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ) has licensed two private radio stations, the Zimpapers-run Star FM and Supa Mandiwanzira’s ZiFM.

Despite constitutional provisions for freedom of expression, officials have displayed an openly hostile attitude towards media freedom, and a draconian legislative framework continues to effectively inhibit the activities of journalists and media outlets.

“We would need to have benchmarks in line with the digitalisation thrust,” Moyo said.

Walter Chidhakwa, the newly-appointed minister for Mines and Mining Development, said he would push for value addition of all minerals before they are exported.

“The country has suffered a lot because of exportation of raw materials,” Chidhakwa said.

“I think it is time we begin to do a lot in terms of value-adding on our minerals so that we earn enough.”

Paul Chimedza, the newly-appointed Health and Child Care deputy minister, said it was high time the well-being of Zimbabweans was taken seriously and promised more infrastructure development in rural clinics.

Joe Biggie Matiza, the new Local Government, Public Works and National Housing deputy minister, said his thrust wouldbe to ensure that there was housing delivery and better services in both rural and urban areas.

Tabeth Kanengoni-Malinga, the new Sport, Arts and Culture deputy minister said she would push to stop piracy in the arts sector so that artistes benefited from their creativity.

Comments (17)

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Vada - 12 September 2013

Thank you for the promises,we want to see the action now. Dr Parirenyatwa and Paul Chimedza come to Mpilo Central Hospital in Bulawayo and see for yourself equipment that was bought by the government for cancer treatment a year ago that is still in containers and our relatives with cancer are dying without any assistance.

Mthabisi Sibanda - 12 September 2013

Openning up the electronic media space can only be good for the Minister's CV but then, how many times have we heard this before??? In any case what did the journo expect the good minister to say?? I will believe this when I see it and promise I will not be surprised if I dont see this either..so for me there is no news here!

gutter poet - 12 September 2013

We expect Walter Chidhakwa to be more serious about his mandate not just waffle recite something off a wall. Does he even know what he is saying? If you have nothing to say why not try and say it 'quietly?'

gutter poet - 12 September 2013

'the only way the devil can have followers is by claiming to be Jesus'

Vincent - 12 September 2013

@Vincent kkkkkkkkkkk, cant stop laughing and I qote...'the only way the devil can have followers is by claiming to be jesus'

jagwa - 12 September 2013

Moyo, I hope you mean what you say. The era of fighting journalists is over. You need to build a robust media this time around.

James - 12 September 2013

Who bombed the Daily News???

dailynews - 12 September 2013

The second coming of Prof Jonathan Moyo must have confounded Baba Jukwa who predicted the Prof's demise. Note that Baba Jukwa's predictions were religiously believed and taken seriously by the MDC-T leadership.

Rabison Nyundo (THE HAMMER) - 12 September 2013

Johno is baba jukwa. We was played..ki ki ki...

Mamhepo - 12 September 2013

BUT Mr. Prof. u have already removed the comments platform on the Herald online paper??? We are already beginning to doubt u. 2 mistakes will never make any right

soja - 13 September 2013

@vada...we have seen this comment before, guess its becoming so very boring -especailly when its in all websites-daily news, zimeye, nesday etc. @vincent, your coment is cool... then the followers will soon find out that its the DEVIL and will STOP following him at once...lol

TaTanga - 13 September 2013

The only thing the professor is going to do now is to track all PEOPLE like us who are commenting in these platforms against ZANU then we are going to see legislation that will force all private media to DISCLOSE our EMAIL addresses.This guy is a EVIL PROFESSOR he will get what he wants and anyone who is against the movement.The only licences he will grant to private media is to PRO ZANU supporters only.Internet is going to be censored to the latter ,PAXAFRO is going to play every 10minutes ,GALLAS are back.NEVER TRUST A POLITICIAN ,they are chameleons .THE only word they utter from the bottom of their heart is HELLO anything that comes after that are lies and promises

CASHTALK - 13 September 2013

The only thing the professor is going to do now is to track all PEOPLE like us who are commenting in these platforms against ZANU then we are going to see legislation that will force all private media to DISCLOSE our EMAIL addresses.This guy is a EVIL PROFESSOR he will get what he wants and anyone who is against the movement.The only licences he will grant to private media is to PRO ZANU supporters only.Internet is going to be censored to the latter ,PAXAFRO is going to play every 10minutes ,GALLAS are back.NEVER TRUST A POLITICIAN ,they are chameleons .THE only word they utter from the bottom of their heart is HELLO anything that comes after that are lies and promises

CASHTALK - 13 September 2013

imi vemapaper nhau maifunga kuti muzvinafundo Moyo rangova zita chete zvino vadzoka regai vakuru vati "Kukava dzetse kuri yambutsa"

Mashura - 13 September 2013

"if we can find each other, let us look for one another...'. Believable if it had been coming from a level headed person and not from uyo we 'musoro wakaoma kunge damba'. Something is just not right with this conciliatory tone...

Gwandove - 13 September 2013

Talking about the media, there no way through which this is going to be left as a separate institution for as long as this autocratic government remains in power. The media have been a very useful tool used by the Mugabe government to insure conditions that are necessary for its survival since the country gained independence. Now Moyo is back and talking about healing the relationship between government and the media.... don't start promising us the earth, we know what you always do best...duping the masses!!

Slikk - 17 September 2013

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