After Robert Mugabe goes, Zimbabweans will have to face the fact that they have not enjoyed freedom of expression and a free media to the extent they should have as a modern and independent nation. Zimbabwe remains one of few countries in the world where the government still monopolises broadcasting and controls the largest print media company.
The date for municipal elections is looming, and still hardly any voters get media access to local government candidates. Professor Tawana Kupe suggests that opening the airwaves could go a long way towards addressing the protests on lack of service delivery.
Against a background of raised political temperatures, Professor Tawana Kupe enagaged with Dr Snuki Zikalala, the SABC's MD of news and current affairs, at the recent Harold Wolpe Lecture Series. He gives here a summary of the disagreements.
The dominant representations of sex prove that local media's pro-equality approach in August of every year is a big con. Professor Tawana Kupe argues that while women are seen as sexy, the jobs they do are not.
Professor Tawana Kupe argues that Jacob Zuma's cries of "trial by media" are misinformed. The media works on the presumption of reasonable suspicion, not on the legal presumption that one is innocent until proven guilty.
Last year the commission asked the Constitutional Court to force the former president to appear. Although ruling has not been made, the summons remains valid, but Zuma’s lawyers say they won’t honour it