Ques­tion se­lec­tive pub­lish­ing of plac­ard pic­tures

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Sikhum­buzo Moyo

HIGH­LANDERS yes­ter­day re­it­er­ated their con­dem­na­tion of a foot­ball fan who waved a plac­ard de­scrib­ing Shona peo­ple as dogs.

The club bosses how­ever ques­tioned the mo­tive be­hind what they be­lieved was the sen­sa­tion­al­ism around the pub­li­ca­tion of the pic­ture in some sec­tions of the me­dia.

Speak­ing at their usual Press con­fer­ence at the club of­fice yes­ter­day, High­landers chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Ndu­miso Gumede said Bosso will never con­done any dis­crim­i­na­tory mes­sages as in­scribed in their found­ing mis­sion state­ment and con­sti­tu­tion.

“We are not go­ing to con­done that, never at all but we are ask­ing our­selves as to the mo­tive be­hind pub­lish­ing such pic­tures. There were many ban­ners that were send­ing im­por­tant peace mes­sages but you guys (me­dia) chose an of­fend­ing plac­ard. We had our sup­port­ers go­ing to the Nkomo statue preach­ing peace but again that was not im­por­tant,” said Gumede.

High­landers fans who went to the statue had a ban­ner de­nounc­ing hooli­gan­ism, vi­o­lence and trib­al­ism. The fans then took to the sta­dium where they moved more than five times around the pitch with the same ban­ner.

“There is a very strong song that has been sung from the Mpilo End com­par­ing High­landers to feaces yet there has not been any con­dem­na­tion. When things are done by other par­ties there are down­played. We think as the Fourth Es­tate you went over­board with high­light­ing neg­a­tiv­ity,” said Gumede.

Mean­while, a so­cial com­men­ta­tor has also called on the me­dia to avoid car­ry­ing ar­ti­cles with a po­ten­tial of dis­turb­ing peace in the coun­try.

South Africa-based Faith Si­lan­dulo Dube said all key stake­hold­ers in the game of foot­ball par­tic­u­larly main­stream me­dia, should be ac­tively in­volved in the pro­mo­tion of the game as a peace­ful sport­ing event.

“The de­lib­er­ate and se­lec­tive iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of card­box dis­plays and other grafitti by some uniden­ti­fi­able fans should not be al­lo­cated acres of me­dia cov­er­age. This is not an in­di­ca­tion of re­spon­si­ble and eth­i­cal jour­nal­ism whose fo­cus should be bent on pro­mot­ing peace and the beauty of foot­ball. Songs with deroga­tory lyrics which are not worth cov­er­age in a fam­ily pa­per are al­ways sung by both ends of the BF sta­dium. Both clubs should be seen de­nounc­ing such songs and other con­no­ta­tive mes­sages bor­der­ing on eth­nic prej­u­dice. The si­lence from the other end in de­nounc­ing vi­o­lence and un­sport­ing mes­sag­ing is shock­ing to say the least,” said Dube.

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