Mushohwe calls for balanced reporting

HARARE - Information minister Chris Mushohwe yesterday cautioned the media against negative reporting targeted at President Robert Mugabe, his wife Grace and the country’s two vice presidents.

Addressing journalists in Harare yesterday, Mushohwe said the media risked attracting counter action against the industry through continued attacks on the presidium.

“However in the event that the hand of goodwill extended by government is not reciprocated in equal measure, then government will take corrective measures in terms of the law.

“In January, the whole industry shall be consulted in the context of a retreat at which a new media policy will be debated and framed. I count on your cooperation,” Mushohwe said.

He said it was about time media bosses reined in their staff whose negative stories were painting Zimbabwe in bad light.

“In the three months that I have been in charge of the media sector, I have been struck by the occurrences and intensity of bad press targeting in many instances His Excellency the president, the first lady and the two vice presidents (Emmerson Mnangagwa and Phelekezela Mphoko). Every day! What kind of journalism is that?

“An adversarial relationship between government and the media can never translate into thriving publishing industry, or a country which is positively projected and perceived.

“Our media should bear in mind that negative stories they publish about the country, about government, about the ruling party Zanu PF and its leadership have a bearing on how foreign investors perceive the investment climate in our country,” Mushohwe said.

“We want to see a professional media in Zimbabwe, a pluralistic media expressing divergent viewpoints yes, but converging on defending the national interest,” he added.

Comments (3)

People are suffering and the nation is burning all in the name of balanced reporting.

Tahir Iqbal - 10 December 2015

What positive do you get from a country where +91-year old President and his wife claim to have the monopoly of the State media. Please open the ZANU PF media to others first

dick mboko - 11 December 2015

It is fascinating (and bad news) for a 91-year old man to be president of a country in the 21st century. It is bad news (in the 21st century) for a wife of a 91-year leader to want to succeed her husband. etc., etc.

dick mboko - 11 December 2015

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