Media rights groups slam threats against Zim's private media

Govt says new laws would be brought in to deal with media that report on factions within Zanu-PF.

FILE: Zanu-PF Supporters. Picture: Supplied.

JOHANNESBURG - Zimbabwean media rights groups have slammed threats made by President Robert Mugabe's spokesman against the private media.

At the weekend, George Charamba said new laws would be brought in to deal with media houses that report on factions within the ruling party.

Media watchdog Media Institute of Southern Africa (Misa)-Zimbabwe says the spokesman's intentions are "hideous."

It says Zimbabwe's new constitution offers guarantees of media freedom.

Zim Media Watch says it isn't up to the spokesman to decide what's good or bad for Zimbabweans to read.

But George Charamba says the private media is being manipulative in the way it focusses on alleged factions in the ruling party.

He says there are no such things and any disagreements have come from personality clashes.