Impi hearings in Matabeleland

THE Information and Media Panel of Inquiry (Impi) this week descends on the Matabeleland region for a series of public meetings to assess the state of the media industry in the country.

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The outreach programmes involve public meetings, interviews and general discussions with media and information stakeholders and members of the public on various issues concerning the media. The consultations began in mid-April.

According to the schedule, Impi would be in Binga today, Lupane (Tuesday), Tsholotsho (Wednesday) before holding two meetings in Bulawayo on Thursday and Friday.

The team would then head to Maphisa in Matabeleland South. On Saturday, the team heads to Umzingwane and Gwanda before winding off its tour in Beitbridge on Sunday.

“The Impi continues with its tour of all the provinces of Zimbabwe in pursuance of the task assigned by the Information, Media and Broadcasting Services ministry to assess the state of the information in Zimbabwe” Impi said in a notice. Impi has already carried out consultations in Masvingo and Manicaland and the Midlands.

Impi comprises 28 members, including several senior journalists and experts from other professions.

It was established last year to promote and elevate the standards of media practice in Zimbabwe.

Seven thematic committees were set up to cover issues including media as business, information platforms and content of media products, media training, capacity building and ethics, media law reform and access to information, employment opportunities and conditions of service of journalists, polarisation, perception and interference as well as gender issues and media advocacy.

It is set to promote and elevate the standards of media practice in Zimbabwe as well as looking into the challenges affecting media operations.

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