Bulawayo, June 23, 2014-The local media has been urged to be guided by the country’s new constitution to ensure balanced and accurate coverage of issues.
Often referred to as the Fourth Estate, after the executive, legislature and judiciary, the media has a role and mandate to inform the nation about issues of interest.
But when members of the Fourth Estate emit messages of discord, boundaries and animosities are created.
The Minister of Information, Media and Broadcasting Services, Professor Jonathan Moyo said the media should be guided by values enshrined in the new constitution in their coverage of stories to enable fair and objective coverage.
Professor Moyo, who was speaking at a graduation ceremony for journalists at Business Environment Services (BES) College in Bulawayo said journalists need to be well-versed with the history of the country, citing that one does not qualify to tell a story about a country whose history they are ignorant of.
On the arrest of Sunday Mail Editor, Edmund Kudzayi, Professor Moyo said the law should be allowed to take its course.
The graduates were awarded diplomas after completing a two-year course in mass communication.
Some of the problem areas in the local media is gender disparity in media houses, especially at management levels where there are more men than women.
The BES School of Mass Communication and Journalism was established in Bulawayo in 2001 by broadcaster/journalist John Masuku, then ZBC controller at Montrose Studios and businessman Obert Sibanda who is the proprietor of Business Environment Services.Some of its first graduates included Gift Phiri (Daily News), Ntungamili Nkomo (Studio 7), Dumisani Sibanda (ZBC-Spot FM) and freelancer Pindai Dube among many others.