Govt Pledges Safe Operating Environment For Media
HARARE – Government has put in place measures to safeguard the safety of journalists and election observers during the upcoming harmonised elections.
Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services chief director Mr John Gandari said they stand ready to address issues in regards to anything that threatens the work of media practitioners during elections.
He said Government has set up a framework to investigate cases that involve journalists being threatened or harmed in their line of duty.
“During elections, the government will monitor closely the state of Press Freedom and the safety of journalists, and much of this will be done through MICZ, BAZ, ZEC, Civic Society, and the Ministry of Information, Publicity, and Broadcasting Services,” he said.
Said Mr Gandari, “Once any violations on journalists are reported, the government will investigate such specific issues and prosecution will be done”
National Coordinator of the Media Alliance of Zimbabwe Mr Nigel Nyamutumbu commended the steps that the government is taking to protect scribes.
“Today we have representatives from the Police, Zimbabwe Electoral Commission, and the Media. The purpose was to discuss what should be done during the election covering process and how journalists should be protected. So the government has promised us that our safety will be protected,” he said.