Stop Attacks on Journalists!

June 12, 2013 at 10:39 am Leave a comment

by Youth Forum Information and Publicity Department

As we get closer to the much awaited 2013 elections, Zimbabwe is getting a
lot of reports on politically motivated violence and it has begun to
encroach into the media, attacking journalists, which is very disturbing.
Given that journalism is very necessary in Zimbabwe because direct democracy
is obsolete and people do not really have the freedom to express their
political opinions and the only way they can do this is through their vote.

Journalists consequently play a very important role as they stand as the
drivers of democracy in a not so democratic environment and they are meant
to be the voice of the voiceless in a country with limited freedom of
speech. The recent assault of The Zimbabwe Independent journalist, Herbert
Moyo and Chronicle reporter, Mashudu Netsianda by the MDC-T youth calls for
attention especially during this time when there is a lot being done in
preparation of the forth coming elections. There is a very high probability
that there can be free, fair and transparent elections if these journalists
are allowed to do their jobs without fear. The recently promulgated
constitution guarantees democracy and freedom of expression which the
country should not fall foul of in any way.

This violent behavior by the MDC-T, a party which purports to front the
democratization agenda leaves many in awe. The MDC-T converses about the
possibilities of creating an alternative, democratic non-violent, free and
democratic Zimbabwe but this recent assault on the media fraternity reflects
the contrary. We realize that such barbaric acts have always been associated
with ZANU-PF in the past but at the moment we struggle to see the difference
between ZANU-PF and the MDC-T. It even boggles the mind to note that
journalists are being abused at the party’s headquarters or at times by the
Prime Minister’s entourage. The Youth Forum urges all political parties to
contribute towards a peaceful electoral environment where young people are
not being abused as cannon fodder for the political elites.

The media plays a very crucial role in stemming injustices and violence.
Journalists give the nation light during such hypertensive periods like
elections in a country that has been burdened by successive electoral
malpractices.

The Youth Forum continues to urge the media fraternity to strive towards
balanced reportage.


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