Zim celebrated Press Freedom Day
The 3rd of May has been set aside as a day to celebrate, press freedom day, and this year it’s commemorated under the theme: “Shaping a Future of Rights: Freedom Of Expression as a Driver for all Other Human Rights.”
This marks the 30th anniversary of world press freedom day.
UNESCO Director-General, Audrey Azoulay said, “Freedom of expression is something that reveals the state of our societies.’
While the Zimbabwe Union of Journalists (ZUJ) released a press statement saying that according to Zimbabwe’s constitution, journalists should play their role in informing the public of the news without fear.
They acknowledged the achievements which are made by the government such as establishing community radio stations, licensing communities, local radio stations, regional and campus radio stations.
The ZUJ however said the safety and security of Journalists remain in pencil.
According to ZUJ at least five journalists have either been assaulted or ill-treated at political rallies.
On the other hand, the Zimbabwe Media Commission (ZMC) also joined other media stakeholders across the world in celebrating press freedom day.
ZMC praised journalists for their hard work and urged the government to give all media houses the same treatment.
However, ZMC said is concerned over the expression of fake news especially in the season of elections.
According to AW African News, Zimbabwe is ranked at number 126 in the world when it comes to freedom of the press whilst Namibia is number 22 in the world, making Namibia number 1 in Africa.