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Masvingo journalists positive on police-media relations

Misa Zimbabwe national chair Golden Maunganidze (centre) addresses the meeting. To his left is Masvingo Star editor Herbert Mutugwi and to his right is Misa Masvingo advocacy committee chair Passmore Kuzipa
TellZim
reporter
The media fraternity in
Masvingo belatedly commemorated this year’s World Press Freedom Day by engaging
the police at a function held at the Civic Centre on May, 09.
The Zimbabwe Republic
Police (ZRP) Masvingo were represented by provincial police spokesperson Chief Inspector
Charity Mazula.
The day is normally
observed on May 03 every year.
In his speech, Media
Institute of Southern Africa (Misa) national chairperson, Golden Maunganidze
said journalists and police needed to work hand in glove to serve the nation in
face of the coronavirus pandemic.
“We have made efforts
to improve our relations with the police and we are optimistic that we will
continue to find one another. We need to work more closely with the police to
protect citizens by informing them about the pandemic.
“Misa is working
flat out to acquire Personal Protective Clothing for journalists in the country
because we have seen that journalists are being neglected in the fight against
the coronavirus,” said Maunganidze. 

Part of the group that attended the 2020World Press Freedom Day Comemorations in Masvingo

Zimbabwe Union of
Journalists (Zuj) Masvingo chairperson George Maponga praised the positive
working relationship that he said the media and police were striving to build.
“Journalists are
forgotten when there is recognition of front line workers but when anything
happens, journalists should be there. It’s no surprise that no journalist is
among the frontline staff that have been tested for Covid-19 so far.
“We are however
pleased with the improving working relations between the media and the police.
We want to maintain the dialogue with police bosses as we fight the spread of
coronavirus together,” said Maponga.
In her own remarks, Mazula
appreciated the role being played by the media in the fight against Covid-19.
“The media have
become an integral in this fight. My office is open for any media-related
issues and the well-being of Masvingo as whole falls upon us as a collective. I
urge all of you to report factually and objectively as we seek to combat this
deadly virus,” said Mazula.
Human rights lawyer,
Advocate Derrick Charamba called on government and media advocacy to work
harder for the safety of people in face of the pandemic.
“Since the
lockdown started, we have dealt with cases of journalists being harassed by the
security service personnel so we should remind each other that the media should
be protected,” said Charamba.

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