Zimbabwe Mass Media Trust (ZMMT) is reviving the national news agency New Ziana and community newspapers in its stable.
ZMMT is mandated to oversee operations of media organisations where the Government has a significant shareholding.
The newly appointed ZMMT executive secretary Mr Ray Mungoshi, who is also a former Editor of The Herald, said the revival of New Ziana was critical in information circulation and telling the Zimbabwean story abroad. H told The Herald in an interview:
The ZMMT became moribund towards the end of the old order but the New Dispensation has come in and rolled out a gamut of reforms aimed at opening up the media industry and making it responsive to modern exigencies.
We are reviving Ziana, Kingstons and our eight community newspapers to reprise our role as leaders in disseminating information in Zimbabwe. We want our folks in rural areas who are either not computer savvy or have no access to the internet because of various constraints, to participate in national discourse. They too, must be heard.
The ZMMT was established in 1981 after the Government bought the majority of shares in Zimbabwe Newspapers, a company that owned all major newspapers in the country.
The trust’s role was to promote the interests of ordinary Zimbabweans in the national media, which included the Zimbabwe Inter-Africa News Agency (ZIANA), now rechristened New Ziana.
Mr Mungoshi said ZMMT’s mandate is therefore to ensure that the media milieu is restored to the status quo before the switch from ZIANA to New Ziana.
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