Zimbabwe has joined the rest of the world in commemorating World Press Freedom Day by Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) calling for a professional and pluralistic media which express divergent views and defend national interest.

Scores of journalists from public and private media houses were joined by various stakeholders in the commemorations held in the capital.

Addressing journalists and stakeholders, a member of the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Media, James Maridadi said it is very important to commemorate the World Press Freedom Day since the Constitution of Zimbabwe promotes freedom of journalists.

“Press freedom is very important to journalists and as we are ahead of the 2018 elections the media should be free,” he said.

World Press Freedom Day is an annual event celebrated every year by various media houses which uphold press freedom for journalists which is protected by the Constitution of Zimbabwe.