Parly encourages media fraternity to participate.
Honourable Settlement Chikwinya, Member of the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee for Information, Media and Broadcasting Services has encouraged media professionals to be involved in government issues that relate to the regulation of the media. He said this responding to a question about the composition of media regulatory boards in the country at the platform of the MISA Zimbabwe Media and Broadcasting Conference currently underway in Harare. Honourable Chikwinya said that the problem of often having non-media professionals sitting on the sector’s regulatory boards such as the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe, POTRAZ and the Censorship boards emanated from the apathy exhibited by media professionals themselves who either give a low turn-out whenever a call is made or do not support representative nominees when they do submit their names. In his parting shot to encourage media players Honorable Chikwinya said, “If you do not participate, you will be led by people who do not understand your issues.”
Other issues raised at the two day affair also included the criteria for selecting who gets broadcasting licenses amid concerns of people with a close seat to the power of the land being given more preference and flawed models of assessing applicants’ suitability. Other issues raised by digital content creators included expensive price of internet access in Zimbabwe and shrinking civic space. The MISA Zimbabwe Media and Broadcasting Conference 2019 running from 25-26 July 2019 is an initiative by the Zimbabwe Chapter of the Media Institute of Southern Africa to bring together the media fraternity in Zimbabwe to discuss issues affecting the sector.
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