Civil society and media practitioners have mourned the slow pace with which media reform is taking place in Zimbabwe.
Speaking at a media reform Indaba organised by the Media Institute of Southern Africa Zimbabwe chapter, MISA director Nhlanhla Ngwenya bemoaned government’s lack of commitment to see through necessary media reforms.
The findings and recommendations made in the Information and Media Panel of Inquiry (IMPI) report have not been implemented. The panel noted among other things that laws such as Access to Information and Protection Privacy Act (AIPPA) and the Official Secrets Act needed to be repealed or amended.
Government promised to convene an indaba with media stakeholders but this has not yet happened throwing the whole media reform agenda in doubt.
MISA Chairman, Kumbirai Mafunda giving his opening remarks said that the momentum of the IMPI process had gone down since Professor Jonathan Moyo was reassigned from the Ministry of Information.
Media stakeholders were urged to organise themselves and have one common position before they meet government with their demands. The media is facing threats such as the hint by government that require a coordinated response from media stakeholders and media users.