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HARARE, April 11– Zimbabwe’s Information, Media and Broadcasting Services Minister, Professor Jonathan Moyo, has told Britain’s ambassador to the country that he is against the continued use of criminal defamation laws against journalists but stresses that the government does not condone slander.

Sopurces present at the meeting here Thursday between Professor Moyo and Ambassador Deborah Bronnert said the minister told Bronnert that processes were in motion to review the constitutionality of criminal defamation.

Bronnert met Professor Moyo for more than one and half hours to get an update on a number of recent developments in the country.

“The Minister (Moyo) reaffirmed his position on criminal defamation,” the source said. “The Minister said the government does not defend defamation.”

Professor Moyo surprised many people early this week when he criticised the arrest of two Daily News journalists on allegations of criminally defaming a Harare businessman.

Bronnert is reported to have also complained about defamatory articles carried in the local media about Britain.

Sources said Professor Moyo took the opportunity to express reservations in the way President Robert Mugabe’s planned trip to the Europe Union-Africa summit held in Brussels, Belgium at the beginning of the month was handled.

Zimbabwe did not attend the summit after First Lady Grace Mugabe was denied a visa.

The sources said the two officials also discussed implementation of Zimbabwe’s new Constitution, digitalisation of the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation, radio and television licensing, issues around transparency as well as sanctions that the European Union imposed on Zimbabwe.

In a short brief to the media after the meeting, Bronnert said continued engagement between Zimbabwe and Britain would help thaw relations.

“Having conversations, engagements, helps understanding and helps both sides communicate with each other and it builds a basis on which to go forward,” she said.

SOURCE: NEW ZIANA

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