Concern as Zim media houses dismiss scribes

thumbMARCUS MUSHONGA in Harare, Zimbabwe
HARARE, (CAJ News) – THE Zimbabwe National Editors Forum (ZINEF) has expressed concern at the incessant dismissal of media personnel in the country.

More than 200 workers, mostly journalists have been sacked in one week.

This follows the expulsion of 109 employees at the state-owned Zimbabwe Newspapers Limited (ZIMPAPERS) employees on Friday (yesterday).

These worked at The Herald, which is the country’s biggest daily, he Chronicle, The Sunday Mail, which is the biggest weekly, The Sunday News, Manica Post and Star FM.

Another state-owned media house, the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC), has expelled its Chief Executive Officer Happison Muchechetere together with General Manager of Finance Elliot Kasu, Acting Head of Radio Allan Chiweshe and Finance Head Ralph Nyambudzi.

Also in the week, the privately-owned Associated Newspapers of Zimbabwe (ANZ) publishers of Daily News and Weekend Post- also dismissed 11 employees including eight journalists.

Alpha Media Holdings, which runs NewsDay, The Zimbabwe Independent, The Standard, The Southern Eye and Munn Marketing, has also dismissed staff.

Trevor Ncube, who runs the Mail and Guardian in neighbouring South Africa, owns Alpha Media Holdings.

ZINEF Acting chairman, Njabulo Ncube, said such dismissals were uncalled for and a cause for concern.

“The Zimbabwe National Editors Forum notes with concern the on-going trend where our members’ contracts are being terminated on notice.

“While acknowledging the economy is in dire straits due to a myriad of problems, we are appealing to Media Houses and Publishers to exercise restraint by considering other options like reducing allowances and benefits and in some instances even lowering grades,” said Ncube.

He urged Parliament to enact new labour laws “sensitive to the interests of both the employer and employee.”

Ncube, who has lost his job at Alpha Media Holdings, appealed to publishers and employers to be lenient to the workers’ plight as the country had already seen more than 6 000 workers from across the economic sectors retrenched in the month of July alone.

An inside source at Alpha Media Holdings told CAJ News Africa that more journalists and other employees at NewsDay, The Standard, Zimbabwe Independent, The Southern Eye and Munn Marketing would be relieved of their jobs.

– CAJ News

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