Journalists commemorate first Press Freedom Day
- For the first time Zimbabwe journalists commemorated World Press Freedom Day without former President Robert Mugabe. But Zimbabwean journalists are demanding that President Emerson Mnagagwa's government scrap all repressive media laws and create a conducive environment for media practitioners. Under Mugabe, Zimbabwe had been turned into a dangerous place for the media. Every month, several journalists were harassed, beaten, arrested and jailed by state agencies, especially the police.“We are hoping that the new government should follow their public pronouncement with real action, we should see position papers and Bills being pushed in Parliament in terms of wishing away some of these bad laws and creating a conducive environment for the media to operate,” said Loughty Dube, Voluntary Media Council of Zimbabwe.