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Day solidarity statement
Media Council of Zimbabwe
April 29, 2011
Media Council of Zimbabwe (VMCZ) joins the Zimbabwe
Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) and all Zimbabweans in commemorating
Workers Day on May 1 2011. This year's commemorations which
are to be held under the theme, 'Respect our Rights, Save
the Economy, Save Our Jobs,' are significant in that they
reflect the continued commitment to the pursuit of better livelihoods
by all workers in Zimbabwe. This is despite the fact that the majority
of workers are still surviving under difficult circumstances due
to the high cost of living as well as the lack of adequate provision
of social services.
In tandem with
its mandate and mission, the VMCZ also takes this opportunity to
express gratitude to the workers through their national union, the
ZCTU, for their principled belief in the necessity of freedom of
expression and freedom of information for the realization of better
working and living conditions for all in Zimbabwe. Indeed, the VMCZ,
as an organization with a mandate to ensure self regulation of the
media, derives strength not only from the media fraternity but also
from the working people of Zimbabwe who are keen on seeing a fair,
balanced and accountable media.
Indeed as stated
by the ZCTU in the May Day celebrations of 2009 and 2010, it may
be dawn, but workers must continue the struggle. The VMCZ urges
the ZCTU to continue with the same understanding over and about
the struggle for media freedom in the country. This is because although
the print media has expanded, there are still no changes to the
electronic broadcast media, with ZBC enjoying a patently biased
monopoly of our airwaves.
the VMCZ congratulates the ZCTU and the working people of Zimbabwe
on this occasion of the 2011 May Day celebrations.
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