Zimbabwe: Broadcasting Minister Calls For Regulator To Open Electronic Media Space
Monica Mutsvangwa, Zimbabwe’s Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister, has called on the new Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe board to expedite the opening up of the electronic media space in Zimbabwe and ensure that citizens enjoy their rights as stipulated in the Constitution.
At a recent induction workshop of BAZ board members, Mutsvangwa said that the Constitution of Zimbabwe allows for the right to freedom of expression as well as freedom of the media, which include the freedom to quickly receive and communicate ideas and other information.
She noted that to this extent, BAZ is mandated to ensure that the freedoms and rights pronounced by the country’s supreme law are abided by and respected.
Minister Mutsvangwa said BAZ was also expected to assist the ministry in fast-tracking Zimbabwe’s migration from analogue to digital broadcasting which is currently three years behind schedule because of funding challenges.
The new Board Chairperson, Charles Sibanda thanked the Honourable Minister on their appointment and promised to work tirelessly towards the growth of the nation’s media industry.
BAZ had gone for five consecutive years without an official board before the appointment of the new 12-member board this year in July.
The absence of a board had affected the issuance of new broadcast licences as it is the only entity mandated by law to issue licences.
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