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YOJA urges Govt, stakeholders to halt physical press conferences

By Almot Maqolo

The Young Journalists Association (YOJA) is saddened by the rising number of Covid-19 cases in the country and calls on government and all stakeholders to immediately halt physical interactions with journalists (especially Press Conferences, donation presentations and tours).

Following reports that at least one journalist and two MPs tested positive for the virus recently, we believe that physical interactions have become a source of concern as they are leading to the spread of Covid-19. The increase in the number of locally transmitted cases is also worrisome and measures should be put in place by media owners, media managers and government to protect lives of members of the “Fourth Estate.”

We call upon newsrooms to find ways of supporting journalists so that they work from home. We hope concerned stakeholders and government will make arrangements for use of available social media platforms to share audio, video, text and pictures of whatever they would require to be publicized instead.

Already there have been reported positive cases in some newsrooms in the capital, Harare. Close to 200 journalists have succumbed to the virus globally so far and it is wise that we protect our own by putting in place necessary measures that limit physical or face to face interaction on a daily basis. We hope those in authority will consider our views. YOJA secretary general Philemon Jambaya.

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