Zim media owners endorse co-regulation

…and elect Zimpapers CEO to chair the new entity
Zimpapers Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Pikirayi Deketeke, has been elected Chairperson of the interim steering committee of the newly formed Media Owners Association of Zimbabwe.
Deketeke will be deputised by Jasper Maphosa of Risper Media. Other members of the committee are CANAZ Coordinator Maggie Mzumara,  Kangai Mukuazuva of Alpha Media Holdings and Susan Makore of AB Communications.
Publishers at the same meeting resolved to support media co-regulation as part of efforts to promote democratic media regulation in Zimbabwe.
The publishers gathered at a meeting organised by the VMCZ to reflect on the state of ethics and professionalism and the media law reform process in Zimbabwe.
The publishers felt that co-regulation is the best form of regulation for Zimbabwe as it encompasses elements of both statutory and self-regulation.
The Mirror consultant, Matthew Takaona, said as publishers they support the VMCZ and media industry call for co-regulation and that they will advocate for inclusion of co-regulation in the Zimbabwe Media Commission (ZMC) Bill.
“As publishers we fully support co-regulation and we urge the VMCZ to strengthen its processes and continue to lobby for co-regulation in the ZMC Bill.
As publishers, we are also in total support of co-regulation”, said Takaona.
VMCZ Board Member and Member of the Media Complaints Committee, Cris Chinaka, reiterated the organisation’s openness to reflection and engagement on its structures, processes and systems.
Another member of the Media Complaints Committee,  Precious Chakasikwa, said complaints received by the committee show that journalists continue to miss the basics of journalism such as accuracy, fairness and balance as well as sensitive coverage of minors. She said the 83% compliance rate with the Media Complaints Committee demonstrates the robustness of the mechanism but that the industry itself also needs to come to the party by enforcing standards in newsrooms with as much energy as they pursue sensational headlines and the bottom line