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Nigel Nyamutumbu

TellZim Reporter

HARARE
- As the country prepares for the 2018 elections, journalists in the country last week held an all stakeholders meeting in Harare under the Media Alliance in Zimbabwe (MAZ) banner where they discussed professional and ethical and safety issues.
Among many other things, participants urged the government to align media laws to the new constitution and do away with draconian media laws like the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (AIIPA) and the Public Order Security Act (POSA).
MAZ programmes manager Nigel Nyamutumbu said it was important that journalists to reflect on the professional and ethical issues ahead of the watershed election.
"As the nation prepares for the 2018 harmonised elections, it is important that we reflect not only on professional and ethical issues but also on issues pertaining to the safety and security of journalists. We need to lobby for a conducive working environment and ensure that the elections will be free and fair," said Nyamutumbu.
Zimbabwe Union of Journalists (ZUJ) secretary general Foster Dongozi weighed in saying the unwarranted arrests and victimisation of journalists ahead of the elections must be seriously addressed.
"The unwarranted arrests and victimisation of journalists by alleged state actors in not encouraging the dissemination of news given the fact that we are heading for national elections that are due in few months' time.  As we gather as journalists, this is an opportune time to press on so that the government can support the safety and security of journalists," said Dongozi. TellZim Reporter

HARARE - As the country prepares for the 2018 elections, journalists in the country last week held an all stakeholders meeting in Harare under the Media Alliance in Zimbabwe (MAZ) banner where they discussed professional and ethical and safety issues.
Among many other things, participants urged the government to align media laws to the new constitution and do away with draconian media laws like the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (AIIPA) and the Public Order Security Act (POSA).
MAZ programmes manager Nigel Nyamutumbu said it was important that journalists to reflect on the professional and ethical issues ahead of the watershed election.
"As the nation prepares for the 2018 harmonised elections, it is important that we reflect not only on professional and ethical issues but also on issues pertaining to the safety and security of journalists. We need to lobby for a conducive working environment and ensure that the elections will be free and fair," said Nyamutumbu.
Zimbabwe Union of Journalists (ZUJ) secretary general Foster Dongozi weighed in saying the unwarranted arrests and victimisation of journalists ahead of the elections must be seriously addressed.
"The unwarranted arrests and victimisation of journalists by alleged state actors in not encouraging the dissemination of news given the fact that we are heading for national elections that are due in few months' time.  As we gather as journalists, this is an opportune time to press on so that the government can support the safety and security of journalists," said Dongozi.local

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