Mutambara faction protests blackout

Clemence Manyukwe

THE MDC faction led by Arthur Mutambara has protested to Information minister Tichaona Jokonya over what it terms “a news blackout” in the state media on the camp’s activities, citing the holding of the faction’s congress last mont

h.

In a letter to Jokonya on Monday, the faction’s deputy secretary for information, Morgan Changamire, said sources at the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Holdings and Zimpapers had told them that the ministry’s permanent secretary, George Charamba, had imposed the blackout.

Changamire suggested Jokonya should investigate the issue and take necessary corrective measures on the blackout. He said whatever was aired on television or radio portrayed the opposition party’s members in bad light.

“Public media are under instruction not to say anything about us except when one of us is dead or arrested. This embargo is supported by the ‘deafening’ silence the public media have given to our activities,” complained Changamire.

“Despite attending the activities, public media have not reported on Prof Mutambara’s acceptance speech
at the 2nd MDC congress of 25 February 2006, the press conference held soon after the congress on 26 February 2006 and Prof Mutambara’s meeting with MDC structures in Chitungwiza on Sunday 12 March 2006,” he said.

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