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Patriotism Is Not A Forced Matter, Everyone Loves Their Country - Journalists

Patriotism Is Not A Forced Matter, Everyone Loves Their Country - Journalists

Journalists yesterday criticised MDC Alliance legislator Peter Moyo for his claim that the Patriotic Bill, coupled with strict media regulation was necessary to whip journalists into line.

Moyo, who is the chairperson of the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Information Communication Technology (ICT), defended the Bill, saying a number of countries had tough laws against “unpatriotic” citizens.

Moyo made the remarks in his contributions at the ninth edition of the Digital Rights and Inclusion Forum meeting in Harare yesterday. He said:

In other countries, if you say something bad against the country, you won’t even be able to return back.

But Zimbabwe National Editors Forum chairperson Dumisani Muleya responded saying patriotism could not be regulated. Muleya said:

If people are governed well, they become patriotic. Patriotism is not a forced matter, everyone loves their country. In fact, those who kill citizens and steal taxpayers money are the least patriotic, not a journalist who writes the truth about the abuses.

The meeting was held under the theme Towards a Digitally Inclusive and Rights-Respecting Africa.

The Zanu PF government plans to introduce the Patriotic Bill to punish people it deems unpatriotic.

The proposed law has been widely criticised as an attempt to silence human rights and civic groups and political opponents for exposing corruption, misgovernance and human rights abuses.

More: NewsDay Zimbabwe

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VYBZ KARTEL 3 months ago

Sungwai mhani zv****sungata

???? 3 months ago

if u a leaders and always seen forging laws to corner yo citizens, you are not patriotic.

shaya dzembongoro 3 months ago

patriotism is not edible.. patriotism haidyiwe .... ilove Zimbabwe but not ZANU PF and mdc yanzombora

𝗠𝗮𝗿𝗮𝘃𝗮𝘇𝗮 3 months ago

𝗣𝗮𝘁𝗿𝗶𝗼𝘁𝗶𝘀𝗺 𝗶𝘀 𝗹𝗼𝘃𝗲 𝗼𝗳 𝗼𝗻𝗲'𝘀 𝗰𝗼𝘂𝗻𝘁𝗿𝘆 𝗯𝘂𝘁 𝗻𝗼𝘁 𝗮 𝗽𝗮𝗿𝘁𝗶𝗰𝘂𝗹𝗮𝗿 𝗽𝗮𝗿𝘁𝘆 𝗶𝗻 𝗴𝘃𝘁 . 𝗖𝗿𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗰𝗶𝘀𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗮 𝗰𝗼𝗿𝗿𝘂𝗽𝘁 𝗴𝘃𝘁 𝗶𝘀 𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘆 𝗽𝗮𝘁𝗿𝗶𝗼𝘁𝗶𝗰, 𝗶𝘁 𝗺𝗲𝗮𝗻𝘀 𝗼𝗻𝗲 𝘄𝗶𝘀𝗵𝗲𝘀 𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗰𝗼𝘂𝗻𝘁𝗿𝘆 𝘄𝗲𝗹𝗹. 𝗣𝗮𝘁𝗿𝗶𝗼𝘁𝗶𝘀𝗺 𝗶𝘀 𝗶𝗻𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝘁𝗼 𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘆 𝗰𝗶𝘁𝗶𝘇𝗲𝗻, 𝘄𝗵𝘆 𝗿𝗲𝗴𝘂𝗹𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗶𝘁. 𝗣𝗲𝗼𝗽𝗹𝗲 𝗺𝗮𝘆 𝗵𝗮𝘁𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗶𝗿 𝗹𝗲𝗮𝗱𝗲𝗿𝘀 𝗻𝗼𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗶𝗿 𝗰𝗼𝘂𝗻𝘁𝗿𝘆.

Chawabvunza 3 months ago

Journalists are correct that patriotism flows naturally if there is good relationship between government and it's citizens. It cannot be forced down the throats of citizens.


Da truth 3 months ago

Patriotism hakusi kuva Zanu pf asi kuda Zimbabwe.Zimbabwe haasi Zanupf yaivapo before Zanu pf yavapo .Ka Zanupf kanyi kakango nyukawo kaperera Apo where ipapo dying now kkkk.Rotting slowly getting ready to leave now 😴 karara iko.

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