The Minister of Media, Information and Publicity Cde Webster Shamu has expressed disappointment at the slow pace to fully operate by newly licensed newspapers, as only one has hit the streets.
Cde Shamu voiced his concern on the non-existence of the newly registered newspapers on the streets as only one has hit the streets.
The Zimbabwe Media Commission licensed four new players in the print Media this year, but only the Newsday has started full operations.Cde Shamu said government is committed to improving the standards of the media and the licensing of new players in the electronic media as it is critical in the development of the nation.
He said this while addressing journalists at the 9th National Journalistic and Media Awards (NJAMA).
â€œGovernment is committed to licensing new players in the media industry especially the electronic media to promote diversity view pointsâ€¦. I am disappointed at the slow pace in coming of the newly registered players in the media industry who were licensed by ZMC,â€ said Cde Shamu.Â
Outstanding journalists were honoured in their areas of specialisation in the rebranded NJAMA awards.
Amongst those who were honoured were ZBC News producer Praise Shoko Matunhure who received the Maternal Health Reporter of the year, Takunda Maodza of the Herald, and Muchaneta Chimuka of Kwayedza.Â
The Federation of African Journalists President Omar Faruk said he was impressed by the progress made in the Zimbabwe Media Industry but called for the improvement of journalists working conditions.
He said: â€œThere is need to improve the working conditions of journalists especially in Africaâ€¦ FAJ is working together with the African Union Commission to improve services of journalists.â€
This yearâ€™s rebranded NJAMA awards were held under the theme: â€œMedia in a changing environmentâ€ and saw the trimming down of the number of categories from 40 to 15.
Journalists from the print and electronic media competed for honours in the same categories unlike the previous years where they competed separately.Â Â Â