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Zimbabwe State Enterprises Minister Moyo Slams State Media Partisanship

  • Jonga Kandemiiri

Zimbabwe Broadcasting Holdings falls under the Ministry of State Enterprises, but its operational arm, the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation, answers to the ZANU-PF controlled Information Ministry

State Enterprises Minister Gorden Moyo of the Movement for Democratic Change formation of Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai on Sunday criticized state-run media for its continued partisan coverage favoring President Robert Mugabe's ZANU-PF.

Moyo, speaking at the Development Foundation for Zimbabwe conference in Victoria Falls on Sunday, accused state media of churning out political hate speech.

Zimbabwe Broadcasting Holdings falls under Moyo’s ministry, but its operational arm, the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation, is controlled by the Ministry of Information, headed by Information Minister Webster Shamu and Mugabe spokesman George Charamba.

Sources said ZBH is not financially sound as revenue from advertising has fallen by more than 60 percentin recent months, some say because ZANU-PF has not paid for the commercial air time it commands to run pro-Mugabe, pro-party jingles or songs.

Moyo told VOA Studio 7 reporter Jonga Kandemiiri that his ministry cannot do anything to address issues of fairness because it only deals with management policy issues.

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