Community radios not a priority: Moyo

HARARE - Jonathan Moyo, minister of Media, Information and Broadcasting Services, yesterday said community radio stations were not a priority for government as there were other pressing media issues to deal with.

His statement comes at a time when Zimbabwe Association of Community Radio Stations (Zacras) has been pushing for the licensing of community radios as a way of empowering communities in the country.

After hearing how Kenyans had benefited from plurality of community radio stations in communicating national issues to people from different ethnic groups, Moyo said Zimbabwe at the moment needed to focus on extricating the media from polarisation.

“For Zimbabwe, the priority at the moment is not community radio stations, there are other things we are still dealing with,” he said at the regional media conference hosted by Silveria House in Harare yesterday.

Silveria House is a Jesuit Catholic Church institution which aims to promote national building and economic development.

Presently, there are no licensed community radio stations in Zimbabwe.

Comments (4)

Falling back to the old tested prescription approach herr Minister? Its a short cut back to nowhere, I can assure you. You have started rather well why go back to the ugliness that is prescription? Community radio stations are a VITAL resource in the communication mix..yah?

gutter poet - 14 November 2013

Jonathan Moyo giving a community licence should not even bother anybody so even if it is not a priority but just do it as a routine like as you go to the toilet, its not a priority but you have to do it period. Munorambireiko ne ma licences aya? Kungoda kyoma misoro, ndozvinonetsa varairidzi vega vega vakaramba varikutonga vanofunga vanhu vose vana vechikoro.

Maita Manyuka - 14 November 2013

catholics i dont trust them if they were honest they should just give aid not to try and repeat a rwanda isnt that they used the community radio to fuel and cause the genocide. its their dream and purpose to cause war and kill people

original christian - 14 November 2013

original, wat u have to understand here is that there is nothing catholic abouit community radios, why then grant freedom of expression, why freedom of the media. Dont u think we may polarise the media more by giving power to a few people than to give the power to the whole community. community radios help communities to develop and discuss relevant and seriou issues affecting a particular community then you say such significant institution is not a priority. wat can contribute to more human and social development a community radio or a commercial radio????? think twice and grant these community radios licenses

Kudakwashe matambo - 15 November 2013

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