Phiri Calls For Professionalism At Radio VOP

“Correspondents should be apolitical and approach stories professionally and objectively at all times”, said Phiri in Harare, Tuesday.

Phiri added that correspondents will also start using their bylines; a new feature in this station that will bring more responsible journalism.

“Radio VOP Correspondents will now, and with immediate effect, have their bylines on their website articles”, confirmed Phiri.

“If you feel that you are safe using your real name or unsafe it is really up to you because it is for your own reputation”, added Phiri.

Radio VOP website Correspondents are currently not using bylines on stories filed daily mainly because some of them, especially on the political desk, feared for their lives.

Many have been threatened for allegedly propagating stories “denigrating” 87-year-old President Robert Mugabe and his former ruling party, Zanu PF and, instead, “propping up” MDC-T belonging to Prime Minister, Morgan Tsvangirai.

Phiri encouraged website Correspondents to be “fair and accurate” because this made the website look either “good” or “bad’ depending on their articles which are now read by more than 3 000 people daily.
“We get about 3 000 unique visitors every day,” Phiri said.

“Many important people now read our website daily. It is becoming a source of reliable news because we are international.”

Radio VOP Board member, Nhlanhla Ngwenya said he would be “very happy” on the day the Radio Station was voted the best in Zimbabwe.

“We are coming second best to Studio Seven (7),” he told the Correspondents.

“The Board will be very happy when we become the best radio station in Zimbabwe and so we must all work very hard.”

Studio Seven (7) broadcasts about Zimbabwe from Washington DC in the United States of America (US).
The one-day Radio VOP workshop was held to thrash out “burning” issues between the South African-based Editors for the radio and website.

Radio VOP’s Head Office is in Johannesburg, South Africa.

In Zimbabwe the offices were bombed by unknown culprits who have still, however, never been brought to book by the State security agents.

Instead, the State has hauled some Board members, including current Executive Director, John Masuku, to Court.