Post-2018 Elections Media Conference Resolutions
We, Zimbabwean journalists, editors and media practitioners, having gathered at a post-2018 elections review conference organised by the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA Zimbabwe) with the support of Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS);
Reaffirming that professionalism is essential in preserving media integrity and credibility;
Upon deliberations anchored on three thematic areas on media freedom and professionalism, editorial independence and the safety of journalists;
Hereby resolve and implore:
- President Emmerson Mnangagwa to prioritise holistic media law and policy reforms.
- Maintain momentum and pressure on the call for the repeal of the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (AIPPA) and Broadcasting Services Act (BSA): #AIPPAMustFall! #BSAMustFall!
- The government to implement the recommendations of the 2014 Information and Media Panel of Inquiry (IMPI).
- Reinforce compliance with the Voluntary Media Council of Zimbabwe’s (VMCZ) Code of Conduct.
- Engage publishers, editors and the VMCZ to address the thorny and controversial issue of journalists that participate in elections as candidates in order to protect the integrity of the profession.
- Maintain an alliance-based approach in advocacy for media freedom and protection of citizens’ rights to free expression and access to information.
- Increase and maintain pressure on the urgent need for transformation of the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) into a truly independent public broadcaster.
- Support professional bodies such as the Zimbabwe National Editors Forum (ZINEF) in defence of media professionalism.
- Address the issue of corruption in the media to protect the integrity of the profession.
- The government and its security arms, as well as political parties, to prioritise the safety of journalists.
- Demand an end to impunity on crimes and violence against journalists.
- Engage the military in view of the media violations that occurred in Harare on the 1st of August 2018.
- Maintain engagements with the Zimbabwe Republic Police in implementing the December 2017 media/police resolutions.
- Urge media training institutions to fine-tune journalism training curriculums to suit industry and market needs.
- Promote the participation of women in decision making positions in the media industry and ensure that they are remunerated on the same scales as their male counterparts.
About MISA Zimbabwe
The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) Zimbabwe was founded in 1996. Its work focuses on promoting, and advocating for, the unhindered enjoyment of freedom of expression, access to information and a free, independent, diverse and pluralistic media.