Britain’s Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Melanie Robinson has underlined the importance of governments world over to create an enabling legal and regulatory environment that allows the development of a free and diverse media landscape.
Ambassador Robinson said this when she paid a courtesy call on Foreign Affairs and International Trade Minister Retired Lieutenant General Dr Sibusiso Moyo at his Munhumutapa offices in Harare today (Wednesday).
The UK envoy said the role of the media in any society is to investigate and share information and ideas, in particular on issues of public interest.
She added that if the public is informed, it is then able to play their part in political, economic and cultural life, hence the need to free the media landscape.
Meanwhile, Dr Moyo will next week attend the jointly hosted Canadian and UK Media Freedom Conference in London.
The conference will provide an opportunity for Foreign Affairs Ministers globally to put their voices together and see how valuable they find media freedom and how to uphold those freedoms at a time when more journalists are being killed all over the world during the course of their work.