Minister hails Zim media for 'defending country'

2013-09-19 14:04
Professor Jonathan Moyo. (File: AFP)

Professor Jonathan Moyo. (File: AFP)

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Cape Town – Zimbabwe's Information, Media and Broadcasting Services Minister Professor Jonathan Moyo has lauded the public media for "successfully defending the nation" against Western "detractors", according to a report.

Moyo said the challenges the country faced over the past 14 years were part of a "well-calculated sinister agenda" but, he said, the information sector played a pivotal role as it remained in the frontline in defence of the country.

Some public media journalists ended up on Western sanctions lists for refusing to toe the Western, neo-colonial line, state-owned Herald said on Tuesday.

Moyo was previously the Information Minister in the Zanu-PF government from 2000 to 2005. During that time, he launched what critics said was a severe crackdown on media freedom as he drafted and implemented repressive legislation that saw journalists being victimised and arrested and independent media houses being forced to close.

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