HARARE – The Minister of Media, Information and Broadcasting Services, Jonathan Moyo, has commended Associated Newspapers of Zimbabwe (ANZ), publishers of the Daily News and the Daily News on Sunday, for setting up a modern media house with highly-qualified staff.
ON TOUR: Media, Information and Broadcasting Services minister Jonathan Moyo (centre) is flanked by his deputy Supa Mandiwanzira (right) and ANZ Group Editor Stanley Gama during a tour of the paper's printing press in Harare yesterday. Pic: Watson Ofumeli
Speaking after touring ANZ’s printing press in Southerton and its offices in central Harare yesterday, Moyo said the company had an impressive human resources base which included experienced graduates from the country’s top universities who could compete favourably with the rest of the world.
“I am really proud of your manpower; it shows seriousness on the part of the media house,” Moyo said.
“This shows that whatever comes from these young men and women is coming from informed people who are eager to hit the ground running.
“You have the set up of a modern media house with young and energetic people who have high qualifications from all training institutions. These men and women can compete against any media house in the world; you talk about journalism in Kenya and Nigeria and of course, South Africa.
“The men and women I saw have what it takes to produce the best not only in the country but globally, so I commend you for that,” he added.
Moyo was accompanied on the tour by his deputy, Supa Mandiwanzira.
The visit was aimed at comprehending some of the challenges facing the media sector, chief among them the taxes imposed on crucial imports such as newsprint.
The minister promised to address the challenges saying he would soon convene a meeting for all publishers.
“There are some challenges that are common to all media houses and we should come up with ways of tackling them as an industry,” he said.
Talking about his vision for the media industry, Moyo said it would be prudent for the sector to take advantage of digitalisation.
He said his ministry’s vision was to craft new policy based on information gathered from interactions with stakeholders in the media industry.