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Information Minister Meets Owners of Zimbabwe Media Firms

Information Minister Jonathan Moyo (Courtesy photo)
Information Minister Professor Jonathan Moyo on Friday met with representatives from all registered media houses in the country at his Munhumutapa Offices in Harare to exchange views and ideas on the media industry.

Moyo, who’s coming back to the ministry after a five-year absence, was the brains behind the enactment of the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (AIPPA) and the Public Order and Security Act, condemned by human rights groups as repressive.

When Moyo brought the AIPPA bill to parliament in 2001, the then chairman of the parliamentary legal committee, the late Eddison Zvobgo said, "I can say without equivocation that this bill, in its original form, was the most calculated and determined assault on our liberties guaranteed by the constitution, in the 20 years I served as cabinet minister."

Also attending Friday’s meeting was the Permanent Secretary in the Information Ministry, George Charamba, and Deputy Minister Supa Mandiwanzira.

Mandiwanzira said this is a first in a series of meetings they will hold to engage the media in the country on various issues of interest.

Director of Voice of the People John Masuku, who attended the meeting, said Moyo could not make any commitment to officially recognize radio stations like VOP and VOA Studio 7 brodcasting from abroad.