Zim media continues to celebrate African Unity – Mutsvangwa

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Harare (New Ziana) -The Zimbabwean media will continue to produce content which genuinely celebrates and promotes African unity and integration, a cabinet Minister said on Tuesday.

In an Africa Day message, Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister Monica Mutsvangwa said the government, through her Ministry, would continue to create a conducive environment for the media.

“Under the able leadership of His Excellency, Dr E. D. Mnangagwa, President of the Republic of Zimbabwe, the Ministry will continue to discharge its oversight role in Zimbabwe’s media space towards the creation of an enabling environment for the creation, production, distribution and consumption of media content which genuinely celebrates Africa, promotes African self-determination, freedom, unity, solidarity, cooperation and the integration of all its peoples,” she said.

Africa Day is celebrated annually every 25th of May.

The African Union was formed on the 25th of May 1963, as the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, by anti-colonial stalwarts.

Mutsvangwa said the Ministry was grateful to all media organisations that supported Zimbabwe’s liberation struggle.

“As a nation, we are indebted to the solidarity given to us by friendly African media players in supporting our policies at the continental and global stage since 1980. We express our exclusive gratitude to the various media houses that have projected a positive image of our nation in the past twenty-one (21) years since the imposition of illegal sanctions by the United States of America (USA) and its other worldwide anti-land reform allies,” she said.

She expressed gratitude to the AU and SADC for initiating the now widely embraced 25th October Anti Sanctions Resolution.

“We are thankful that the continent finds value in our cause for the unequivocal removal of the illegal sanctions. This support resonates with the pan-African anti-colonial agency enforced through the Constitutive Act of the African Union,” she said.

Mutsvangwa said President Mnangangwa’s penchant for transformative governance had been of great service to the reform of the information, publicity and broadcasting sector in Zimbabwe.

“His constitutional enablement of media freedoms has seen an accelerated licensing of new media houses, community radio stations bridging the urban – rural information gap,” she said.

In addition, the Second Republic has put in place mechanisms to facilitate ease of accreditation for Zimbabwean and visiting media practitioners and journalists. The new legislation put in place under the Second Republic has allowed journalism to strive in a free and open media environment.”

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