VP Mnan­gagwa hails me­dia

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - In­no­cent Ruwende Harare Bureau

VICE Pres­i­dent Em­mer­son Mnan­gagwa has hailed the me­dia for ex­pos­ing cor­rup­tion say­ing the scourge must never be re­warded with “im­punity, while right­eous­ness is pun­ished with hos­tile edi­to­ri­als.”

Speak­ing at the Na­tional Jour­nal­ism and Me­dia Awards in Harare on Thurs­day night, VP Mnan­gagwa said it was the re­spon­si­bil­ity of ev­ery Zim­bab­wean to ex­pose cor­rup­tion.

“There (ex­pos­ing cor­rup­tion) I con­grat­u­late you. This is an area where we agree. We all have a re­spon­si­bil­ity to fight and ex­pose cor­rup­tion in all sec­tors of our so­ci­ety in what­ever form or fash­ion it presents it­self.

“Ladies and gen­tle­men of the me­dia, you have an obli­ga­tion to in­form and to ed­u­cate the read­ing pub­lic while sound, bal­anced, pro­fes­sional and eth­i­cal jour­nal­ism must be ut­ter­most in your prac­tice. Cor­rup­tion must never be re­warded with im­punity, while right­eous­ness is pun­ished with hos­tile edi­to­ri­als.

“The era where well-mean­ing cit­i­zens are un­duly de­monised, sim­ply be­cause they have re­fused to back up their rec­ti­tude by push­ing the brown en­ve­lope must surely come to an end,” he said.

VP Mnan­gagwa said the treat­ment of political sto­ries in the coun­try put the me­dia in­dus­try in a big­ger dilemma.

He said; “One daily got a sense of “my party, my politi­cian, right or wrong” ed­i­to­rial stance say­ing it may be that in the eyes of some me­dia prac­ti­tion­ers and news­rooms that some par­ties and politi­cians never do any­thing right or the con­verse.”

He said ei­ther way the ex­pec­tant pub­lic suf­fered, chal­leng­ing jour­nal­ists not to abuse their rights which were en­shrined in the coun­try’s con­sti­tu­tion.

He said Gov­ern­ment stood ready and pre­pared to sup­port the me­dia in­dus­try and there were many fis­cal con­ces­sions, which could be granted to the in­dus­try to en­sure both ease of do­ing busi­ness and greater vi­a­bil­ity.

“Duty on me­dia re­lated ac­ces­sories could be re­vised down­wards, pro­vided you make a case to the rel­e­vant min­istry. I am aware that many of your mem­bers do not have homes of their own. In fact there are in­stances where some of you get to re­tire­ment age with­out homes of your own.

“Much worse, it makes you vul­ner­a­ble in your pro­fes­sion. Surely a case must be made to re­spon­si­ble Gov­ern­ment Min­istry on be­half of your sec­tor,” he said.

VP Mnan­gagwa im­plored me­dia prac­ti­tion­ers to strive to ar­tic­u­late na­tional poli­cies and as­pi­ra­tions at any given time as enun­ci­ated in Zim-As­set.

Zim­babwe Union of Jour­nal­ists pres­i­dent Michael Chideme said the union was un­happy with the ha­rass­ment of jour­nal­ists dur­ing as­sign­ments by the po­lice.

“Our mem­bers are beaten up, have their cam­eras con­fis­cated and some­times are un­nec­es­sar­ily de­tained. Cde Vice Pres­i­dent, Zim­babwe is in the process of ad­dress­ing its im­age. Jour­nal­ists are part of that cam­paign be­cause they churn out in­for­ma­tion.

“In short we want Gov­ern­ment to guar­an­tee our safety as we do our work. An in­jury to one is an in­jury to all of us. We work in sol­i­dar­ity,” he said.

VP Mnan­gagwa said it was not Gov­ern­ment pol­icy to ha­rass or beat up jour­nal­ists say­ing such po­lice of­fi­cers should be brought to book.

Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe

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