Tsvangirai Urges Foreign Based Journo’s To Come Back Home

Posted on March 6, 2009

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Added by Media in Zimbabwe • Mar 4th, 2009 • Category: Media News

Information Minister Webster Shamu

Information Minister Webster Shamu

by Tsitsi Chimberengwa

All those wishing to practice journalism, should do so without having to pay exorbitant registration fees or face unnecessary restrictions, said Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai during his inaugural speech to the Seventh parliament opening of the seventh parliament today.

“No society can be free, or hope to prosper, without freedom of expression and communication. This too is recognised within the GPA by ensuring that the government immediately processes all applications for re-registration and registration of media houses in terms of both the Broadcasting Services Act as well as the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act. Those wishing to practice journalism must be able to do so without being prohibited by unnecessary restrictions or exorbitant fees,” said Tsvangirai.

Tsvangirai also promised that steps will be taken to ensure that the public media provides balanced and fair coverage to all political parties. He urged both the private and public media to avoid using abusive language that may “incite hostility, political intolerance and ethnic hatred or that unfairly undermines political parties and other organizations.”

Tsvangirai also reiterated calls made in the September 2008, GPA agreement that once there is a free media there would be no need for Zimbabwean radio stations to be based abroad.

“I would encourage those running and working for such stations to return home and help us build a truly free and open communication network in Zimbabwe,” he said adding that such concepts are not foreign to local culture or imposed by outsiders.

”Evidence of this is clear to see in our neighbouring countries where the rights of the people are defended vigorously, where political parties are free to campaign and where there is a healthy choice of radio and television stations and newspapers to choose from,” said Tsvangirai.

For the full speech click here

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