Mnangagwa slammed for barring private media

HARARE - The Zimbabwe National Editors Forum (Zinef) has slammed the flagrant violation of Zimbabwe’s Constitution by Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa whose team barred private media journalists from covering his  Press Conference at his offices in Harare on Thursday.

Journalists from the private media were denied entry into the Press Conference addressed by the vice president and Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs minister despite being lawfully accredited.

“The act of barring journalists is in violation of Sections 61 and 62 of the Constitution, which guarantees freedom of the media and access to information,” the Dumisani Muleya-led Zinef said in a statement yesterday.

“These aforementioned sections provide for citizens and the Zimbabwean media to access information held by ‘any person, including the State or any institution or agency of government in so far as the information is required in the interests of public accountability.’

“VP Mnangagwa is a public official who should be accessible to all media and by right should be accountable to the public, especially in light of the unprecedented impasse between the country’s two vice presidents.”

Zinef called upon the Justice ministry and office of the vice president to apologise for trashing the Constitution.

“Zinef also calls upon government and all public officials to respect the media at a time it is dealing with polarisation in the sector and nation as a whole,” the form said.

Comments (5)

There is a serious need for those bodies to supervise irresponsible reporters before complaining because they are negligent in their duty. Many articles are irresponsibly exaggerated or completely untrue, Prersident Mugabe has died twice and the public often illegally upset by stories of impending doom, effective economic sabotage hiding behind their superior person law freedom of speech and to cause riots and unrest and kill innocent people. journalist should get sentenced for economic sabotage like any one else, what qualifies those fools to be above the law.

john - 9 October 2017

There is a serious need for those bodies to supervise irresponsible reporters before complaining because they are negligent in their duty. Many articles are irresponsibly exaggerated or completely untrue, Prersident Mugabe has died twice and the public often illegally upset by stories of impending doom, effective economic sabotage hiding behind their superior person law freedom of speech and to cause riots and unrest and kill innocent people. journalists should get sentenced for economic sabotage like any one else, what qualifies those fools to be above the law.

john - 9 October 2017

There is a serious need for those bodies to supervise irresponsible reporters before complaining because they are negligent in their duty. Many articles are irresponsibly exaggerated or completely untrue, Prersident Mugabe has died twice and the public often illegally upset by stories of impending doom, effective economic sabotage hiding behind their superior person law freedom of speech and to cause riots and unrest and kill innocent people. journalists should get sentenced for economic sabotage like any one else, what qualifies those fools to be above the law.

john - 9 October 2017

There is a serious need for those bodies to supervise irresponsible reporters before complaining because they are negligent in their duty. Many articles are irresponsibly exaggerated or completely untrue, Prersident Mugabe has died twice and the public often illegally upset by stories of impending doom, effective economic sabotage hiding behind their superior person law freedom of speech and to cause riots and unrest and kill innocent people. journalists should get sentenced for economic sabotage like any one else, what qualifies those fools to be above the law.

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