Go beyond politics, Moyo urges media

HARARE - Jonathan Moyo, the minister of Information, Media and Broadcasting Services, has urged the media to depoliticise and move away from the everyday election mode.

He said this during the launch of a media accessibility study by the Media Institute of Southern Africa (Misa-Zimbabwe) in Harare, on Thursday evening.

Moyo who was guest speaker during the function urged the media to concentrate on people stories.

“You can’t just talk politics, eat politics and drink politics every day. Let’s have the socio-economic side of things,” he said.

Moyo said there was need to focus on human interest content as the country was not benefiting from media concentration on politics.

“We don’t gain as communities or as policy makers if we continue to be bombarded or to live in a media that is polarised on political grounds or even partisan grounds.

“This call that comes out of here is, go beyond the political story and cover socio-economic issues it is a very import message,” Moyo said.

He said, however, media should not concentrate solely on socio-economic matters but should go beyond that and report on human experiences.

“But from my point of view I don’t think we should simply say go beyond the political story or depoliticise. You used the word and this is a very important word. Believe me after hearing him (Misa director Nhlanhla Ngwenya) use the word we are going to adopt it and make it our own.

“We agree with Misa that we should depoliticise. But I think what is needed which has not been there is a media that covers the full spectrum of the human experience not just the political story, not just the socio-economic story but the entire story. Tell the whole drama to include culture, arts and I have heard some people elsewhere talk about Zollywood and so forth. We need the Zollywood story.”

The Zanu PF Politburo member lamented the failure by the corporate sector to provide financial support into the country’s media adding this has exposed local organisations to foreign funders.

“Our corporate sector turns to complain a lot about our environment but it hardly, if at all, put its money where its complaints are and, maybe, if we were to say to them look, the time has come for you now to try and take over these things so that you significantly support key institutions that make us a better society,” he said.

Comments (3)

No Sir! No we won't. Zimbabwe's socio economic situation is what it is because of politics. Bad politics at that. And you Sir are a political appointee. So pleas don't be telling us what to discuss and what not to discuss. We know you are trying to normalize the environment that you poisoned by scotched earth policies. Now that you think the MDC is on the decline you want to create a false sense of normalcy. No Sir. Lets talk about 31 July and why it has caused a drying up of money in the country. No sir lets talk about why food is being imported left right and centre. Let's talk about what bhora mugedhi was all about.

Chipikiri - 31 March 2014

It is the politics that makes an environment which influences the socio-economics, and how people live. I see no wrong in reporting politics as it is very intergral about why your way of living is different from how we are living in Mtawatawa.

sando - 1 April 2014

Even our everyday socio-economic life is affected by bad politics, therefore the media is only telling it like it is. Corruption, road-blocks, salarygate, pot-holes, bribes.

Dr Know - 1 April 2014

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