Government has reiterated its commitment to freedom of expression and cautioned the media from propagating hate speech and spreading malicious stories.

Information, Media and Broadcasting Services Minister, Dr Christopher Mushowe said while government supports freedom of expression media must act responsibly and avoid propagating hate speech and spreading unsubstantiated stories as these have potential to create disharmony within communities.

His remarks come against a backdrop of massive growth of the electronic media especially radio which has provided people with a platform to exercise their rights such as freedom of expression.

Gweru officially launched 98.4 fm with Midlands Minister of State, Cde Jason Machaya encouraging the city’s business community to take advantage of the new radio station to market their products.

Information, Media and Broadcasting Services Permanent Secretary, Cde George Charamba encouraged the station to promote the use of indigenous languages as these are vital in expressing a people’s identity.

The station will target the young and mature listeners says AB Communications group chief executive officer, Mrs Susan Makore.

The country has witnessed the launch of several radio stations in different provinces across the country in line with the provisions of the Broadcasting Services Act of 2001 and the goals of the digitalisation programme.