Moyo contradicts Charamba

HARARE - Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development minister Jonathan Moyo has contradicted the narrative by President Robert Mugabe’s spokesperson seeking to bar the media from covering the security sector.

“It’s wrong to say some sectors are outside media coverage,” Moyo said in a twitter post.

“Nothing is above the Constitution. It’s the law, stupid!”

Moyo’s assessment is in stark contrast to what Charamba and Information minister Chris Mushohwe said in a recent acerbic and chilling warning to journalists.

Charamba has said should the media continue to write on the security sector, journalists would find themselves at the notorious Chikurubi Maximum Security Prison in Harare.

“If you do not heed the advice, then we will descend on you heavily,” he warned grimly.

“The ministers warned you and quote me on this; we will use other instruments to make sure you stop reporting on military issues.

“I have defended journalists as my colleagues several times, but be warned this time we will descend on you.

“We will be looking for your military sources while you are locked up at Chikurubi. I am warning you as my colleagues.”

Media experts said the statements by Charamba and Mushohwe must be considered with utmost seriousness, adding any sort of honeymoon period for media-government relations was over.

Media expert Takura Zhangazha said where the carrot was used during the State-sponsored Information and Media Panel of Inquiry (Impi) era; from now on it appears the stick will be government’s engagement method of preference.

“These threats obviously have a chilling effect on any journalist,” Zhangazha said.

“Its implications point to an arbitrary intention to imprison journalists both as punishment and as a way of violating their principle of protection of sources.”

 

Comments (5)

This charamba guy must remember he is just mugabe's spokesperson nothing more. I don't think he realises he is a marked man, once bob is gone he'll be a **** in the wind.

misty - 18 January 2016

If zanu pf falls, Prof moyo wins, if zanu pf wins he wins. The road to freedom on Prof's route is coming at a price. We have suffered!

X-MAN IV - 18 January 2016

Prof Moyo knows what he is talking about, with all due respect the honourable gentleman has been in the information ministry for some time and the fact of trying to waive the statutory rights of journalist to report on all news regardless of military or non- military by way of threatening jail time is absurd. lt would be good advise to the honourable ministers and spokesperson to actively promote pure journalism democrated and civil. Unless other wise their warning is a sign and proof to the nation and the world at large that Zimbabwe does not uphold journalists rights and human rights as ascribed by the African Charter. The declaration of Principles on Freedom of Expression in Africa Preamble seeks to reaffirm the fundamental importance of freedom of expression as an individual human right, as a cornerstone of democracy and as a means of ensuring respect for all human rights and freedoms; Reaffirming Article 9 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples? Rights; Desiring to promote the free flow of information and ideas and greater respect for freedom of expression; Convinced that respect for freedom of expression, as well as the right of access to information held by public bodies and companies, will lead to greater public transparency and accountability, as well as to good governance and the strengthening of democracy; Convinced that laws and customs that repress freedom of expression are a disservice to society; Recalling that freedom of expression is a fundamental human right guaranteed by the African Charter on Human and Peoples? Rights, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, as well as other international documents and national constitutions; Considering the key role of the media and other means of communication in ensuring full respect for freedom of expression, in promoting the free flow of information and ideas, in assisting people to make informed decisions and in facilitating and strengthening democracy.

Zim Analyst - 19 January 2016

vana moyo ava...they are selfish..he serves himself only and no one else.check his record...he is like that.right now he hopes that if his g40 gets in..he will have a senior post representing zapu.these are the people who are drunk with wanting to rule at all costs...political confusion at the expense of the country.right now investors wont come into a nation where their investment can be taken tomorrow morning by grace.and the moyos are playing their factional games..silly, stupid.who wants to invest in a country like that? shame on you moyo.what kind of professor are u anyway?

mwana wevhu - 19 January 2016

vana moyo ava...they are selfish..he serves himself only and no one else.check his record...he is like that.right now he hopes that if his g40 gets in..he will have a senior post representing zapu.these are the people who are drunk with wanting to rule at all costs...political confusion at the expense of the country.right now investors wont come into a nation where their investment can be taken tomorrow morning by grace.and the moyos are playing their factional games..silly, stupid.who wants to invest in a country like that? shame on you moyo.what kind of professor are u anyway?

mwana wevhu - 19 January 2016

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