Jour­nal­ists urged to fight cor­rup­tion

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Man­i­ca­land Cor­re­spon­dent

JOUR­NAL­ISTS have been chal­lenged to use in­for­ma­tion dis­sem­i­na­tion skills in the fight against cor­rup­tion in Zim­babwe.

Speak­ing at an ad­vo­cacy meet­ing held by Trans­parency In­ter­na­tional Zim­babwe (TIZ) in Mutare last week, le­gal ex­pert Mr Passmore Nyakureba said cor­rup­tion was a per­ceived rather than seen ac­tiv­ity and that jour­nal­ists should be well-equipped to un­earth cases of cor­rup­tion based on ev­i­dence.

“Cor­rup­tion in Zim­babwe has mainly be­come that of per­cep­tion rather than based on ev­i­dence and it is upon me­dia prac­ti­tion­ers to un­cover and dis­sem­i­nate in­ci­dents of cor­rup­tion to the pub­lic,” he said.

Mr Nyakureba said for jour­nal­ists to ac­cu­rately tell the story of cor­rup­tion, they should have an un­der­stand­ing of the na­ture of the vice and also be con­ver­sant with court re­port­ing of cases in­volv­ing cor­rup­tion.

“Trial cases can be com­pli­cated to the ex­tent that even lawyers them­selves get vexed, but these is­sues are nev­er­the­less im­por­tant and jour­nal­ists have to make sure the au­di­ence finds the top­ics clear and easy to un­der­stand,” he said.

Mr Nyakureba im­plored jour­nal­ists to carry out widespread re­search on the court cases they cover or tri­als they ob­serve so that they are guided on what to ex­pect as well what to re­port on.

“It is im­por­tant for me­dia prac­ti­tion­ers to read well in ad­vance about cases and the cir­cum­stances in or­der to give back ac­cu­rate re­ports to the pub­lic,” he said.

“They have to know the back­ground of the case so that they know where it is com­ing from and where it is go­ing to avoid giv­ing out dis­jointed re­ports, which will in the end con­fuse the au­di­ence.”

Mr Nyakureba called for more pe­ri­odic en­gage­ments be­tween le­gal ex­perts and me­dia prac­ti­tion­ers to de­mys­tify chal­lenges that af­fect trial cases and make peo­ple un­der­stand their out­comes.

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