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ZACRAS statement on the occasion of the World Press Freedom Day
Zimbabwe Association of Community Radio Stations (ZACRAS)
May 02, 2013
Zimbabwe Association of Community Radio Stations (ZACRAS) notes
the commemoration of the World Press Freedom day, which is universally,
celebrated every 3rd of May. This is a day on which we all pause,
reflect and salute the efforts of men and women who work tirelessly
day and night to assist global citizens understand one another through
the media. The theme for this year is “Safe to speak- security
of freedom of expression in all media”.
this day, we give honour to men and women in the media industry
who have contributed in the creation of a better Zimbabwe. We note
with gratitude the efforts made by volunteers of community radio
stations in communities dotted around the country, and urge the
government of Zimbabwe to compliment these efforts by embracing
the community radio sector as a critical tool for development.
convinced that community radios are the missing link in the communication
revolution in the country, as they are an invaluable asset for our
communities to develop. Our feeling is that the government has not
accorded this important sector the attention it deserves to enable
it to develop together with other sectors. We say the journey has
been long but we sense the morning dew!
We also salute
colleagues in the mainstream print and broadcasting sector who have
been key pillars in our society, relaying and helping in interpreting
the signs of the times. More recently, as Zimbabwe went through
a transition clearly marked by the adoption of a new constitution.
To an extent,
ZACRAS acknowledges the efforts by the Government of Zimbabwe for
bringing on board new media players onto our landscape in Zimbabwe.
While noting progress made thus far, we would like to bring to your
attention that more still needs to be done especially in the broadcasting
sector to make sure that citizens are exposed to diverse voices.
We also urge the government to deal decisively with the culture
of impunity which has seen law enforcement agents unilaterally banning
citizens from legitimate use of solar powered radio gadgets to access
information. In the same vein, the government should ensure that
there is a properly constituted independent broadcasting regulatory
the completion of the Constitution
making exercise and notes the reasonably adequate provisions
on the media. We however call for the enactment of progressive media
legislation which complements the media provisions in the new Constitution.
We further call for a visible political will to create a conducive
broadcasting environment and encourage authorities to:
and licence genuine community radios so that Zimbabwe will have
a three tier broadcasting scenario as provided by the African Charter
constitute an independent broadcasting commission as espoused in
the draft constitution to deal with the licensing of broadcasting
3. Cease the
use of the public broadcaster as a hate speech-churning tool,
4. Make practical
efforts that prepare the nation for the digitalization era in 2015,
5. Desist from
deliberately frustrating efforts to use alternative media for the
promotion of access to information as was the case when the police
banned solar powered- radios with shortwave reception.
Radio Harare - CORAH - Harare
2. Berina Community Radio Initiative - Kadoma
Dialogue - Bulawayo
4. Patsaka Community Radio Initiative - Kariba
5. Getjenge Community Radio Initiative - Plumtree
6. Nkayi Community Radio Initiative - Nkayi
7. Kwekwe Community Radio Initiative - Kwekwe
8. Nkabazwe Community Radio Initiative - Gweru
9. WeZhira Community Radio Initiative - Masvingo
10. Ntepe Community Radio - Gwanda
11. Y-Star FM - Bulawayo
Community Radio Initiative - Mutare
Community Radio Initiative - Hwange
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