Herald assistant editor suspended over 'dying economy' story

HARARE - The Herald’s senior assistant editor, George Chisoko, has been suspended for publishing a business story in the State-controlled daily highlighting Zimbabwe’s dying economy.

In the unusually candid story, the paper highlighted what economists and millions of ordinary Zimbabweans talk about every day, and which private newspapers such as the Daily News routinely publish — that the Zimbabwean economy is now on its knees and on the verge of total collapse.

The story in question was aptly headlined: Feb Inflation points to Dying Economy.

The editor of The Herald, Caesar Zvayi, confirmed the suspension to the Daily News yesterday, but claimed that the story was “false and alarmist”.

“George Chisoko was suspended on Tuesday for not exercising the required judgment in passing a poor story under a false and alarmist headline,” Zvayi said.

However, the story correctly observed that the country’s continuing deflation was a sign that Zimbabwe’s economy was now in full-fledged recession, with the trend expected to continue for the better part of the year.

Zvayi said Chisoko had been placed on a two-week suspension and would resume duties on April 4.

Happiness Zengeni, the business editor who originated the story and the deputy chief sub editor who handled the story, received written reprimands.

Sources at the government daily said authorities were “livid when this obvious truth” was published in the newspaper.

“The crisis we have is that no one is sure what to write and what not to write about events in Zimbabwe as it seems that the authorities prefer fiction to truth.

“It is very sad that Sox (George) has been hauled over the carpet for okaying a clearly accurate story,” one of the sources said.

Comments (7)

Typical of a banana republic. Truth is a threat to its survival. Anyone who dares to speak the truth is either abducted, killed, or fired. That is the Zimbabwe we live in, where protectors of evil and undemocratic tendencies reap rewards. Zvayi, Jonathan Moyo, Charamba et all are living proof.

connie - 19 March 2015

saka kuti chibage chakatsva chirikundooneka muminda kunosungisa? Made ototsamwa..hoo!

Nyemba - 19 March 2015

It is far much better for people to know the truth than to be misled by lies. Lies have a season and truth will always prevail. You can fool some people sometimes but you can not fool all the people all the time.

pride - 19 March 2015

"the economy is now in full fledge recession" Herald staff must sue zanu pf government for mental breakdown. I foresee when Mugabe dies Herald will say ," Mugabe is in induced sleep at heroes acre and the country awaits his resurrection"

X-MAN IV - 19 March 2015

Zvayi is a fool bcoz he can not see that the economy is dead .Can he prove to us that the economy is in good shape , Fools world over are known to be scared of the truth .They like to hind behind a finger to avoid being seen . It is better for this guy who is suspended to go for good before they accuse him of being baba jukwa ,

Diibulaanyika - 19 March 2015

Zvayi is only singing for his own supper. If he didn't act as he did then it is him who would be suspended.

Johno - 20 March 2015

welcome to the zanu pf republic hamusati mati

Dzungu - 20 March 2015

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