While speaking at an event organised by the Media Alliance of Zimbabwe and the Centre for Investigative Journalism (CIJ) in Harare on Friday, renowned journalist, Hopewell Chin’ono said people should not fear telling the truth because they will be thrown in jail, The Standard reports.
We should not be afraid of telling the truth because we will be thrown into prison. The only unique thing I did was to say there is more into the story than I have read and started digging. There was a false narrative while I was in prison that I was getting information from the government.
I never got information from anyone. Once we get journalists whose only job is to investigate and write what is happening out there, we will begin to see a shift.
While speaking at the same event, Prince Dubeko Sibanda, who chairs the parliamentary committee on information, publicity and broadcasting services said the government was interfering with the operations of the media:
Sticking out like a sore thumb is lack of interest by the executive to comply with the constitution. We have witnessed covert interference in the operations of the media from Munhumutapa (Information ministry headquarters.)