The government says the media plays a critical role in information dissemination and is obliged to contribute to peace building by reporting on issues that promote peace in the nation.

The role of the media in conflict and post conflict situations came under spotlight at a media workshop organised by the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification (FFWPU) held in Harare today.

Guest speaker, the Deputy Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, Cde Energy Mutodi said a vibrant media gives people a free flow access to information that promotes peace.

“It is of paramount importance to have a free professional and plural media with an obligation to contribute to peace building and co-existence among developing nations,” he said.

The workshop is part of a build up to a Peace Family Festival that will come on the 17th of November 2018.

“We are expecting to see FFWPU founder, Dr Hak Ja Han Moon coming to Zimbabwe for the first time,” FFWPU Zimbabwe Chairperson, Arch Bishop Johannes Ndanga said.

Participants at the workshop said families should respect their marriages and encourage their children to behave well in order to have a nation with disciplined people.

Peace is an integral pillar to any development and the call has been to develop it from a family unit right up to the national sphere.