United in the defence of free expression

Zim still needs to do more to realise press freedom

The Media Alliance of Zimbabwe (MAZ) takes the occasion of commemorating the 30th anniversary of the Windhoek Declaration to reassert its demands on the government of Zimbabwe to implement constitutional provisions on media freedom in line with the standards set by the global family of nations.

The Windhoek Declaration, a by-product of a United Nations Education Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco) conference, resulted in the proclamation of World Press Freedom Day, annually commemorated on May 3.

In observing this day, MAZ takes cognisance of the context in which Zimbabwean journalists and the media are operating in, which assessed in line with the principles outlined in the Windhoek Declaration to demonstrate that there is still more that can be done to realise press freedom in the country.

While there have been notable incremental changes, particularly in breaking the monopoly of the national broadcaster and licensing of community radio stations, there is still need to ensure that the entry of multiple players is underpinned by the need to ensure diversity.

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The Media Alliance of Zimbabwe (MAZ)

The Media Alliance of Zimbabwe (MAZ)

The Media Alliance of Zimbabwe (MAZ) is an alliance of media support organisations including the Media Monitoring Project Zimbabwe, Media Institute of Southern Africa (Zimbabwe chapter), Zimbabwe Union of Journalists (ZUJ), Zimbabwe National Editors’ Forum (ZINEF), Gender and Media Connect (GMC), the Media Centre, the Zimbabwe Association of Community Radio Stations (ZACRAS), the Voluntary Media Council of Zimbabwe (VMCZ) and the African Community Publishing Development Trust (ACPDT).