October 12, 2017 / comments : 0
BY STAFF REPORTER
MISA Zimbabwe has raised concern over the recent barring of journalists from the independent media from attending a Press conference where beleaguered Vice President, Emmerson Mnangagwa sought to 'set the record straight' concerning his poisoning saga.
Mnangagwa's overzealous security details on 5 October 2017, barred the private media form covering a press briefing convened by the Vice President at his Ministry of Justice and Legal Affairs offices.
Said the media advocacy group, "Particularly disconcerting is the fact that the press conference was called by Mnangagwa in his official capacity as Vice President of the country and not as a private citizen. This meant that he waived the right to be selective on who covers or does not cover the event.
"Also of concern is the fact that this action by the presidium might possibly set a very dangerous precedent where such attitudes may cascade down to other government officials who may in future tow the same line, effectively heightening the levels of media polarisation.
"It is the considered view of MISA Zimbabwe that the action by the Vice President runs against the grain of section 61 of the constitution of Zimbabwe that provides for freedom of expression and the media."
The incident happened prior to the latest Cabinet rejig when the VP still doubled as the Justice and Legal Affairs minister, which required him to uphold the supreme law of the land.
"MISA Zimbabwe therefore calls on government officials to respect the constitution and further reminds them that it is the role of the media to keep the nation informed, and it should discharge its duties without undue interference or hindrances." LOCAL
Zimbabwe News Anchor
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