MISA Holds Media Ethics Indaba

The move comes amid reports that journalists are wondering exactly when the draconian Public Order and Security Act (POSA) and the Access to Information and Public Accountability Act (AIPPA) will be completely removed from the statutes.

POSA and AIPPA were introduced by former Zanu-PF spokesman and Minister of Information and Publicity, Professor Jonathan Moyo, to try and curtail media freedom and expression in Zimbabwe before elections.

Moyo was, however, later kicked out from President Robert Mugabe’s “gravy train” after he tried to organise a revolt in Tsholotsho, his constituency.

He is now an independent Member of Parliament (MP).

Several journalists, especially from the independent media, have been arrested for allegedly not adhering to stringent POSA and AIPPA regulations in Zimbabwe.

Misa Zimbabwe National Director, Nhlanhla Ngwenya, said: “The ethics indaba will discuss the state of media ethics in Zimbabwe with the aim of instilling and fostering adherence to ethical and professional journalism with the media”.

Senior journalists, including editors, have been invited to attend the half-day event being held in Harare.

The MISA Zimbabwe Chapter, currently led by Financial Gazette Assistant Editor, Njabulo Ncube, regularly holds workshops and conferences in various parts of the country in their bid to ensure that the local media is free and fair to everyone.