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Forum Criticises Zimpapers Chairman For Telling Editors To Support ZANU PF

Forum Criticises Zimpapers Chairman For Telling Editors To Support ZANU PF

The secretary of the Zimbabwe Editors Forum, Njabulo Ncube has castigated the chairman of the Zimbabwe Newspapers Group (Zimpapers), Tommy Sithole after he reportedly told editors to openly declare support for ZANU PF before elections.

Sithole, a former Herald editor, reportedly told editors at a retreat in Victoria Falls last Thursday that they should not be “ashamed” of supporting the ruling party, claiming this was a “national agenda.”

He claimed that in developed countries such as the United States and the United Kingdom, newspapers declare which candidate they will be supporting in an election.

Responding to Sithole, Ncube asserted that it was not true that publicly-owned media organisations such as BBC and the SABC choose political parties during elections as they have a public duty to be neutral and fair in their reporting. He said:

While Mr Sithole is right that newspapers around the world have been known to pick a candidate during elections, a close analysis will show that those who do so are private organisations and not public-owned entities like Zimpapers or the ZBC who have a public duty to be neutral and fair in their reporting.

He should remind us of the day the BBC or even the SABC next door ever picked a political party during elections.

Of course, he can’t, never happened. His directions to the editors are therefore quite unfortunate.

Sithole has faced accusations from Zimpapers staff of being meddlesome, particularly in editorial.

Following his appointment, he demanded and was given an office at the Zimpapers head office at Herald House.

Sithole is said to have created a WhatsApp group for all editors where he was daily reviewing their work.

The WhatsApp group was eventually shut down after editors complained to information minister Monica Mutsvangwa.

More: ZimLive


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ELDER GWENZI 6 months ago

"He claimed that in developed countries such as the United States and the United Kingdom, newspapers declare which candidate they will be supporting in an election."

Why do we always refer to colonialist pazvinhu when it comes to issues dzakaLiner kudivi renyu. We cant always say look, Britain do this as wel yet you say we are a sovereignty state on other matters.

We must not be copycats. Let us be ourselves.


Mutemagavi 6 months ago

iriwo remusoro bandamba iri,kungobwodokawo vanhu havachada chinonzi zanu pf,including zimpapers stuff. Idawega zanu yako iyoyo uchasata uripamhene wega wega,tarisa kurikuenda mhepo


ED 6 months ago

@chairman

iwe kamdhara kwanzi urisascum, dununu zvaro.

Wakambovadeedza kuti huyayi kuchurch kwandonamata ndiri here, or kungoti huyayi tidye ka1 zvako since wakapihwa chihofisi paHerald ipapo.

If your answers are no & no then definitely you're a sascum as said before.

Support your ZANU PF hanti ndiwe urikudya nayo, moda kuvhoterwa asi kana modya, modya mega.

Yours truly

Ngwena


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Mujumba 6 months ago

Ngaa sapote ega ndiye arikuda Zanu asaudzira vanhu zvekuita stupid yemunhu


Shampoo 6 months ago

Tommy angagodii arkutsvaga Chicago mu ZANU PF mupeiyo. He is a ZANU PF staunch supporter


Chapwititi 6 months ago

Educated,but isasikamu,



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