Jour­nal­ists com­mem­o­rate first Press Free­dom Day

Observer on Saturday - - News - African News Agency eNCA

- 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.

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