HARARE, July 4 — The polarization which exists in the media in Zimbabwe has contributed to the turbulent economic and political crisis that the country has been going through over the years, says Media, Information and Broadcasting Services Minister Professor Jonathan Moyo.

He told the Parliamentary Committee on Media here Thursday that polarization was counter-productive.
“Polarization has been a scourge that has really brought down our country. And the fact that the media has been at the centre of this means that we have got to review, re-look at this practice and re-align it with the new Cnstitution,” he added.

“We not only need to re-align laws with the new Constitution, we also need to align our practice. It is self-evident that our divisions have gone too far, have become entrenched and are reflected in the media.

“The media has become the drama of those divisions witnessed in the recent past and we have had to pay a price as a country. For example there is no doubt that one reason why it is very difficult and also very expensive to access offshore money for us as a country, the state or government, and the private sector is because of our divisions as reflected in the media.

“What the media shows out there is a reflection of what has been a country not at peace with itself.”

Professor Moyo said the media should play a key role in uniting the people behind a common cause of ensuring the success of the country. Politicians should also desist from using the media to outwit one another on the political field as this created unnecessary divisions, he added.

Professor Moyo said Zimbabwe needed people with common values for it to succeed economically.
“We have been quarreling, and endlessly so, and the quarrels have cost us, have given us a negative sovereign risk assessment and the media has been at the center of this,” he added.

“It is a fact that over the last 15 or so years we have been polarized as a country. In our practice we have engaged in ways that have created divisions among ourselves as a country, which divisions have not just
affected the organization of our national affairs but the conduct thereof,” he said.