ZIMBABWE TO RESUSCITATE INFORMATION HUTS TO “CURB MISINFORMATION”

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Zimbabwe's Ministry of Information and Publicity plans to resuscitate “information huts” to enhance information dissemination in the country's remote areas.

Speaking at a Public Service Commission (PSC) and Media Relations workshop on Tuesday, Presidential Press Secretary Regis Chikoore said the ministry planned to establish communication hubs consisting of newspapers and Internet facilities for villagers in remote areas to improve the country's communication networks

"Information huts will be set up away from growth points which are already covered by the mainstream media," Chikoore said. To curb the problem of misinformation by the media, he urged organizations to formulate public relations outfits that serve as entry points for the public.

On the same occasion, Public Service Commission acting secretary Keith Nlakayana called on the media to report factually and objectively.

He said the media had lately been concentrating on negative social ills, giving them undue priority at the expense of developmental issues."Information is power, without information there is no power and there is nothing as dangerous as reporting from half-truths," he said.

Xinhua