In the News : CALR-MISA & SARDC Constitutional Reporter of the Year Awards (Source : NewsDay)
ALPHA Media Holdings reporters, Veneranda Langa (NewsDay) and Moses Mugugunyeki (The Standard), yesterday scooped two national journalism awards.
Lawyer Chris Mhike, who was the guest speaker at the ceremony, said it was imperative for journalists to inform citizens on their rights as stipulated in the Constitution, adding that it was sad that at times journalists such as Hopewell Chin’ono became targets of arrests for encouraging citizens to participate in constitutional discourse.
“Citizens have a right to ensure that the Constitution is respected and its provisions upheld. Nobody is above the Constitution and so the rule of law must prevail,” Mhike said.
Zimbabwe National Editors Forum chairperson Dumisani Muleya said democracy and good governance could only be achieved in countries where constitutionalism is respected.
“It is difficult to find societies where there is progress without good governance and constitutionalism. Yes, some authoritarian regimes may succeed, but we need economies that work through respect of human rights and the advancement of good governance,” he said.
CALR representative Obert Bore said journalists from the country’s 10 provinces were since last year trained to write articles that enhance citizens to understand the Constitution and to participate in constitutional discourse in the country.