Chitungwiza Community Development Network (CCDN) Statement on World Press Freedom Day

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Chitungwiza Community Development Network (CCDN) joins the rest of the world in commemorating the World Press Freedom Day. CCDN greatly appreciates the role which the media plays in promoting human rights, transparency, accountability, good governance and community development in Chitungwiza and Zimbabwe at large.

As we commemorate the World Press Freedom Day, it is very sad to note that although Zimbabwe has a constitution which upholds the rights to freedom of expression, right to access to information and freedom of the media those rights are being violated every day in our communities.

CCDN calls upon the government, state institutions, security and law enforcement agents to respect the citizens’ rights to freedom of expression, access to information and freedom of media in an effort to promote accountability, transparency, good governance, access to information and freedom of expressed as envisaged in the Constitution of Zimbabwe.

Section 61 of the constitution states that every person has the right to freedom of expression, which include includes freedom to seek, receive and communicate ideas and other information; freedom of artistic expression and scientific research and creativity and academic freedom. Section 61 of the Constitution also states that every person is entitled to freedom of the media.

This entails that the government must open media spaces including print and broadcast to other independent players and provide opportunities for citizens to enjoy their Constitutionally guaranteed rights and fundamental freedoms.

CCDN urges all the citizens in Zimbabwe to exercise and enjoy their rights of freedom of expression and freedom of the media, work hard in promoting and defending their rights which are increasing being seized by the State and its institutions.

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