Tsvangirai must not attack the media

EDITOR — Morgan Tsvangirai, the MDC leader’s recent attack on the media is uncalled for.

The new Constitution provides for expanded liberties, such as freedom of expression, which includes media freedom.

The MDC and its entire leadership purport to uphold this tenet but it now seems only when it suits them.

Recently, Tsvangirai attacked the media for doing their job on covering his personal life and the leadership renewal debate in his party. He is a public figure whose profile is understandably under a lot of public scrutiny, and the sooner he learns to live with that reality, the better for him.

The private media, for more than a decade, have been awash with Zanu PF succession and leadership renewal debate, and no media house has been cowed into avoiding public discourse on the issue because by so-doing it would be a dereliction of duty on the part of the media. Now that the shoe is on the other foot, bedlam is let loose as the MDC’s wails loud and long while crying foul.

It is a fascinating paradox for Tsvangirai to criticise journalists for covering his personal life and leadership deficiencies whereas he wants to abuse the fourth estate, through press conferences, whenever his regime change rhetoric needs mileage.

Such an attack on media freedom exposes Tsvangirai’s despotic traits that would characterise the media landscape were he, and God forbid, to lead this country.

It is now apparent that the media fraternity and the community at large, is dealing with very desperate, bigoted and dangerous coterie that, apart from lacking a common thread in terms of aspirations and ideology, cannot respond to ideas with ideas, but resort to violence instead.

The level of violence in the MDC has reached alarming proportions to the extent that even those that profit from it, and they are plenty, are now alarmed at the prospects of being engulfed in it as the party totters on the brink of an imminent split. This could weaken it and stifle its regrouping efforts.

Tsvangirai’s efforts to gag the media are indicative of a leader with a lot of skeletons in his wardrobe and fear their exposure.

Stewart Murehwa

Comments (1)

Why do you always want to write about other people 's private goings by saying they are public figures ? What of you jounalists day in day out you make dirty things in yo lives but hide them is that fair. You want write everything about Morgan including the under wears . Does he not have right to privance like any other citizen? How manytimes were you bombed including shutting this paper was that done Morgan?

Dibulaanyika - 23 February 2014

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