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PRESS STATEMENT: MAZ Minimum Demands On Media Law reforms

MEDIA ALLIANCE OF ZIMBABWE (MAZ) PRESS STATEMENT ON THE MAZ MINIMUM DEMANDS ON THE MEDIA LAWS REFORM PROCESS

As the media laws reform process gathers momentum, the Media Alliance of Zimbabwe (MAZ) reaffirms media stakeholders’ minimum demands on the necessary interventions that ought to be undertaken to fully democratise the country’s media and information sector.

  1. Government should expeditiously and genuinely reform the country’s media laws in a process that is transparent and inclusive
  2. The country’s media, particularly the broadcasting sector must be opened up to genuinely independent and community-based initiatives
  • All state-controlled media should be transformed into public service media in line with the Constitution and democratic practice
  1. The country’s internet regulatory framework and digital security laws must be democratic and allow for citizens to enjoy rights to communication, access to information and free expression in a secure environment both on and offline
  2. Government should address the sustainability challenges that the Zimbabwean media is currently experiencing and MAZ submits that this could be through the establishment of a media development fund and review of the multiple tax regime
  3. Media laws should make it mandatory for media organizations to enact and implement gender-sensitive policies that ensure a safe working environment for male and female journalists and effectively ensure women representation and empowerment through the media 
  • The safety of journalists must be guaranteed and respected by both state and non-state actors

The media must maintain the highest standards of professionalism and in promoting media accountability, MAZ submits that self-regulation is the most democratic and affordable form of ensuring the media plays its watchdog role effectively     

About MAZ

The Media Alliance of Zimbabwe (MAZ) is an alliance of media support organisations including the Media Monitoring Project Zimbabwe, Media Institute of Southern Africa (Zimbabwe chapter), Zimbabwe Union of Journalists (ZUJ), Zimbabwe National Editors’ Forum (ZINEF), Gender and Media Connect (GMC), the Media Centre, the Zimbabwe Association of Community Radio Stations (ZACRAS), the Voluntary Media Council of Zimbabwe (VMCZ) and the African Community Publishing Development Trust (ACPDT). MAZ work focuses on four key areas which are:

 

  • Freedom of Expression
  • Right to Information
  • Media Freedom
  • Media Law and Policy Reform

 

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Daniel Chigundu

Daniel Chigundu is a male journalist in Zimbabwe and has been practising since September 2009. He used to the editor for The Business Connect (newspaper) in Harare, has his own news website Tourism Focus which is biased towards the tourism sector. Daniel is also working with Magamba Network on their project called Open Parliament where they do live coverage of Parliamentary activities on Twitter and Facebook. He is currently the secretary-general of the Zimbabwe Parliamentary Journalists Forum, is a member of Zimbabwe Small Broadcasters Association and a board member of Digital Communication Network. He holds a Diploma in Communication and Journalism from the Christian College of Southern Africa (CCOSA), a certificate in Youth leadership training from the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES), a certificate in Citizen Journalism from Magamba Network and is currently a first-year student at Zimbabwe Open University studying for a Bachelor of Arts Honours in Ethics and Organisational Leadership.

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