Zimbabwe: Furore Over Media Conference
'MEDIA organisations yesterday threatened to boycott an all-stakeholders' conference in Nyanga next month to review the country's media environment and policies saying its agenda was flawed and contrary to the principles of the global political agreement (GPA). The conference - postponed last month - will be held under the theme Towards an Open, Tolerant and Responsible Media Environment. Its objective is to guide government's media policy. It will run from May 6-8. According to the conference programme, the Minister of Media, Information and Publicity, Webster Shamu, will give the official opening address while members of the Joint Implementation and Monitoring Committee (Jomic) - Ministers Welshman Ncube and Patrick Chinamasa, and lawyer Innocent Chagonda - will outline articles relevant to freedom of expression in the GPA. Presenters at the conference include former Minister of Information and Publicity Jonathan Moyo - the mastermind of the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (Aippa), Media and Information Commission chairman Tafataona Mahoso, Attorney-General Johannes Tomana, and filmmaker Olley Maruma, among others.'
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Author Organisation: The Zimbabwen Independent