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on publicised professional differences
Media Council of Zimbabwe
October 11, 2013
Media Council of Zimbabwe (VMCZ) Board expresses serious concern
at the recent spate of publicised differences between media practitioners
and media organisations in the mainstream media.
While it remains
true that all journalists have the right to express themselves and
their views of each other, it is important that such differences
do not appear to be motivated by personal malice as opposed to professional
considerations when they are published in the mainstream print or
is also important that all journalists understand that their critical
role is always to function in the best public interest by reporting/writing
on issues of broader public import or policy. It however, becomes
problematic where and when journalists commit pen, paper and space
to seek to elaborate their areas of personal differences to a public
that may not be privy to the internal operations of the media.
Where such differences
exist and need to be published, it must be done taking into account
Sections 4, 7 and 8 of the Media
Code of Conduct which emphasises the accuracy and fairness;
the right of reply to an opinion and accuracy/factual commentary,
The VMCZ therefore
encourages all journalists to pursue internal professional avenues
to resolve differences amicably before deciding to put the same
said differences in the public domain.
the VMCZ fact
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