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Zimbabwe Media Alliance Rebuffs Accusations by Information Official

The Media Alliance of Zimbabwe has come under fire from Media and Information Commission Chairman Tafataona Mahoso, who recently accused the group of trying to destabilize the country. Mahoso described a two-day Alliance meeting in Harare last week as a platform for “an orgy of anti-Zimbabwe diatribe.”

The Media Institute of Southern Africa, a member of the Alliance, rejected Mahoso's accusations. MISA said the meeting agenda was communicated to Mahoso and other officials such as Acting Information Minister Paul Mangwana and members of the parliamentary committee on communications, with an invitation to attend.

The Alliance proposes a voluntary media council and the reform of controversial media laws like the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act, or AIPPA.

President Matthew Takaona of the Zimbabwe Union of Journalists, another member of the Alliance, tells reporter Carole Gombakomba of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe that his organization and its coalition partners won’t be deterred from fighting for a truly independent media watchdog and reform of the country’s media laws.

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