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Zimbabwe Media Issues and Challenges. Repressive legislation and bad political environment (arrests, bombings, beatings, newspaper ban, foreign media ban, marches and demonstrations bans see www.misazim.co.zw )

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zimbabwe media issues and challenges

Zimbabwe Media Issues and Challenges

Repressive legislation and bad political environment (arrests, bombings, beatings, newspaper ban, foreign media ban, marches and demonstrations bans seewww.misazim.co.zw)

Low ,media density per No. of citizens (Google Africa Media Development Initiative, BBC Trust Zimbabwe Report)

State dominance in media and Information dissemination (agenda setting, representation of issues and propaganda)

Low and declining infrastructure (ICTs – mobile fixed telephony, training, roads, printing)

Skills challenges (Journalism and ICTs)

Economic Challenges

policy as a political tool
Policy as a political tool
  • Post independence 1980: No media policy “We are a free country”.
  • Post 1990: (IMF & WB Influence) The Washington consensus “We are part of the global community”
  • Post 2000: “We need media policy, we are under threat”
defending the space what misa zim and others have done
Defending the space: What MISA-Zim and others have done
  • Lobby and Advocacy (Parliament, Region, International, AU, ACHPR, MAZ)
  • Litigation (Domestic, International, Media Defence Fund, Media Lawyers Network, Zimbabwe Journalists Under Fire Campaign, Human Rights Defenders Fund)
  • Alternative legislation and Alternative structures of media governance (MCZ, ZACRAS)
  • Alternative media (Community Radio, ZACRAS, print, popular forms of communication, arts)
  • Capacity building for working in a difficult environment (Guerrilla journalism)
where do we go from here
Where do we go from here?
  • Political talks present chance to push for policy change (AIPPA, POSA, BSA, ICA).
  • Need for independent legislative bodies
  • Zimbabwe media strategy Document (IMS & NORAD)
  • ICTs, Reorientation of media/journalists and new Digital Journalism Trust (Training, production, dissemination)
  • Community Media (print, ICT, Radio)
  • Transformation of the Public Broadcaster ZBC
where do we go from here1
Where do we go from here?
  • Strengthen FOX issues within communities as part of democracy building
  • Strengthen capacity of regional and Africa Union human rights monitoring bodies to work effectively.
  • Start preparing the media of the future especially around ICT and development issues-make media relevant to the ordinary citizen

THANK YOU FROM RASHWEAT MUKUNDU: MISA-ZIMBABWE [email protected], [email protected] , [email protected]

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