MEDIA, Information and Broadcasting Services minister Jonathan Moyo has called for an end to polarisation in the media.
Moyo, who is in his second stint as Information minister, is on a bridge-building initiative which has seen him touring state and private media institutions, including yesterday afternoon’s visit to Alpha Media Holdings. Alpha Media are publishers of the Zimbabwe Independent, Standard, NewsDay and Southern Eye.
Moyo said his visit was necessitated in part by the need to eliminate issues of inaccessibility of government ministers to the media fraternity.
“One reason why I am here is to ensure that such attitudes are eliminated,” said Moyo in response to concerns raised by Alpha Media Holdings chief executive officer Raphael Khumalo that ministers are sometimes inaccessible.
“It is our responsibility to create a media environment that is conducive. Even the division of public and private media is not good and breeds polarisation”.
Moyo also spoke about the new constitution saying it will take time to become fully operational because re-aligning the country’s laws to conform to it is a lengthy process.
He cited the example of the Lancaster House constitution adopted at Independence in 1980, saying it took eight years before it became fully operational.