Zim information minister proposes new media policy

This appears to refer to continued reports on infighting within the ruling Zanu-PF party.

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ZIMBABWE - Zimbabwe's information minister is proposing a new media policy to curb what he calls the country's bad press.

This appears to refer to continued reports on infighting within the ruling Zanu-PF party.

Information Minister Christopher Mushohwe says he's been struck by the intensity of the critical reports on President Robert Mugabe, first lady Grace Mugabe and the two vice presidents.

He says this amounts to a bad press and that's bad for business.

Mushohwe says he plans to come up with a new media policy in consultation with the industry in comments that will be viewed with some suspicion by the private media.

But the minister also acknowledged that most of the negative stories are being planted by ruling party leaders pursuing personal agendas.

Mugabe has told top party officials that damaging reports about Zanu-PF were in fact being planted by members of the ruling party.