Zimbabwe applauds Multichoice

Speaking when he officially opened the Multichoice Zimbabwe offices in Harare, Information and Publicity Deputy Minister, Bright Matonga, said the introduction of the Ztv channel on DStv channel bouquet would assist in dispelling the negative publicity the country has suffered from the western media.

“It is necessary to emphasise that these positive developments come at a time when our nation is under siege from an unjustified western media onslaught based on trumped up stories alleging strangulation of media freedom and human rights,” he said.

“We have relentlessly endeavoured to counter this anti-Zimbabwe propaganda by using all available platforms to tell the true Zimbabwean story. In this regard, increased national coverage and reception of the national broadcaster’s signals, resulting from its launch onto the DStv platform, has the positive effect of correctly informing our citizens thus crowding out the effects of the malicious anti-Zimbabwe propaganda that is currently being beamed into the country.”

Matonga added that after the proper administrative and legal procedures had been followed, he looked forward to the country’s neighbours, especially the Southern African Development Community, to get the true story of Zimbabwe from her citizens through the availability of the national broadcaster on DStv’s channel 104.

The deputy minister also hailed the strong links between his ministry and Multichoice Zimbabwe saying the unique partnership had been demonstrated by the mutually beneficial projects the two parties had taken.

MultiChoice Zimbabwe has moved its offices to Pasangano, formerly George Hotel, in Avondale, to integrate its operations. The satellite television company started its operations in Zimbabwe in 1996. ‘ New Ziana

November 2006
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