‘…it’s never something to be ashamed of to be supporting the party’
Zimpapers board chairman Tommy Sithole has declared the public media empire’s unquestionable support for both government and the ruling Zanu PF party, insisting there is no editor under the stable who shall be entertained for any attempts to “down” the under-fire administration.
Sithole was speaking Thursday at a Zimpapers board induction and strategic review meeting in Victoria Falls.
The event, attended by editors from the country’s largest integrated media house, was also graced by Information Minister Monica Mutsvangwa.
In his address, Sithole warned “it’s not always bad news that make good stories, but also good stories make very good reports”.
“We are also reminding ourselves that we are here to support the national agenda, and the national agenda is very clear about what the president has said and intends to do, and what he is doing with his Cabinet.
“We certainly want to assure you, we are doing our best and certainly we are not going to sit, we can do better and we want to do the best we can to support the government, to support the system, because it’s never something to be ashamed of to be supporting the party.”
The Zimpapers boss said it was normal for publications to declare support for any particular candidate.
“It happens everywhere in the United States and UK that before elections, newspapers declare which candidate they are going to be supporting.
“It’s not something that we are inventing; it’s something that’s there. If we appear sometimes not to be supporting the government, it is because we believe in what we are doing, no one is going to just stand there and write carelessly and try to down the government.
“The fact is that there is no editor in our entire system who is going to be sitting there and say I am going to down the government.”
Mutsvangwa said the government will not interfere with the group’s editorial policy.
Zimpapers, as a public institution, is supposed to be impartial.