National interest should be a point of convergence for all citizens including media practitioners whose work must be hinged upon the love of their country and its development.
This was said by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information, Media and Broadcasting Services, Mr Nick Mangwana when he visited the yet to be licensed Great Zimbabwe University (GZU) campus radio station in Masvingo on Friday.
Mr Nick Mangwana did not mince his words on the issue of national interest when he fielded questions from media students during his tour of the Great Zimbabwe University campus radio station in Masvingo.
On the question on media polarization, Mr Mangwana noted that the Zimbabwean story should not be of partisan politics but one that puts national interest above everything.
“Before you tell that story, what will it do to the image of Zimbabwe, when you get on that plane after telling that story what will people think about your country? I am not saying that we should do sunshine journalism, but when it comes to your country, how do you feel when people who have never been to this country disparage it because of what you have written? When a tourist cancels his ticket to Zimbabwe because of what you have written, then you are not serving national interest,” he said.
Mr Mangwana commended GZU for coming up with a campus radio station, saying it will promote hands-on learning for students.
GZU radio station, is yet to be granted a license but has partnered the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation for content production.
“You are already doing content production for ZBC, it means you are filling in the gap between theory and practice,” said Mr Mangwana.
Mr Mangwana was accompanied on his tour of the campus radio station by Masvingo Minister of State for Provincial Affairs, Cde Ezra Chadzamira.