Media enquiry panel launched | The Herald

via Media enquiry panel launched | The Herald December 21, 2013

Information, Media and Broadcasting Services Minister Professor Jonathan Moyo yesterday launched a 25-member panel to inquire and assess the operations of Zimbabwe’s media industry. The panel, chaired by veteran journalist Geoff Nyarota, comprises several senior journalists and experts from other professions.

As part of its mandate, the panel will look into various challenges affecting media operations and identify opportunities and prospects for the industry. Establishment of the panel follows Porf Moyo’s familiriasation tours of media houses in October.

Prof Moyo said subsequent to his tours, it was important to come up with a preliminary report of what needed to be done.

“It was necessary to end the year with a kind of preliminary outcome to touch base to say what is the outcome of the exercise thus far and what needs to be done going forward,” he said.

“Out of those visits we have been able to reach a preliminary conclusion. One gap we have not been able to fill through our visits is that we were unable to visit the various schools or programmes or departments or universities that teach disciplines which in one way or another affect the media and information sector.

“This is a major issue we intend to do ourselves next year starting from January when everyone comes back from the (festive season) break.

“It was clear during our visits that a major challenge we need to understand has to do with the training of media practitioners.”

He said through a visit to the National University of Science and Technology, it became apparent that training institutions were largely concerned with making money from students instead of offering quality and relevant services.

Prof Moyo said some of the students coming from these institutions were half-baked and media houses were dedicating much time to re-training them.

Outlining the terms of references of the panel, Information, Media and Broadcasting Servicers Deputy Minister Supa Mandiwanzira said the panel would inquire into and gauge the level of investment in the sector; and to assess the state, scope, arrangements and efficiencies of the information industry, including attendant constraints and shortcomings.

“Terms of references will include to . . . inquire into the values, ethics and standards of the media sector, to assess current compliance and mechanisms of compliance enforcement, to gauge the adequacy of protection of media freedoms and other freedoms guaranteed in the constitution,” he added.



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    Apolitical 8 years ago

    Well overdue, manu members of the public are disgusted with the lack of media ethics.
    We need to look at the result of some articles tom the nation – We are going back to the Zim DOLLAR,leading to lack of cash atr the banks due tom panic withdrawals.
    Journalists like this belong in jail, it is the only way, its economic sabotage.
    I volunteer for this committee.

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    munzwa 8 years ago

    Well, no matter how objective the findings are the decision makers are still old Johnathan and Super, hardly a pare of non partisan players

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    msizeni silwelani 8 years ago

    What do expect from a graduate who was denied industrial related learning. We all know that Moyo destroyed the media sector therfore most students will complete their courses without undergoing proper attachment due to lack of placement. Those who are fortunate to secure one are likely to be placed at Zimpapers stable and the end product is nothing but a partisan and unethical journalist.

    I doubt if some so called seasoned journalists can pin down a job anywhere else in a free media environment. Zvayi is a typical example.

    Why cann’t we be patient with graduates from a polarised media environment than attack victims of our own misdid.