Journalists have been called upon to use the media responsibly and desist from writing stories and articles that promote instability, war and discord in society.
The call was made Media, Information and Publicity Minister, Cde Webster Shamu at the commemorations of the World Press Freedom in Harare this Tuesday.
Cde Shamu urged media organisations to be sensitive and respectful in their reportage.
“As government, we expect media regulators such as the ZMC, Journalists and journalists’ associations to take their work, their claims and their society much more seriously than they have been,” said Cde Shamu.
He said journalists should not take advantage of the influential positions in society to perpetrate violence but should instead use the power of pen to protect the people.
â€œA good newspaper is fair. It is accurate. It is responsive to its readers and its home and society. A good newspaperâ€™s coverage of its own community is thorough, sensitive and respectful. If the pen is indeed mightier than the sword, then it requires a national management and control system far more elaborate than that which has been developed over several millennia to manage security forces,â€ said Cde Shamu.
Minister Shamu added that western nations have lost their way in relation to media freedom as they now regard the media as a weapon for their regime change agenda.
The World Press Freedom Day commemorations were launched in 1993 by the United Nations and seek to lobby for the freedom of the media world-wide.
Minister Shamu’s call follows similar remarks pertaining the media by the Head of State and Government and Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, President Robert Mugabe on Monday.
Speaking to the media just after arrival from Italy, Cde Mugabe said the negative that is being experienced by society must be reported but it should not be created by the media.
He also urged the media to promote progress and be much more positive in its outlook by not simply focusing of the negatives such as conflicts between leaders, and never looking at the progress and constructive work they do.