Herald reporter spared- pledges to cover Parliament professionally


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Herald Reporter Zwamaida Murwira who was last week accused together with his paper of being sexist by non-constituency Member of Parliament Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga who also said the reporter should be charged with contempt of Parliament has now been spared after reaching an amicable settlement with the Speaker of Parliament Jacob Mudenda and Misihairabwi-Mushonga.

Mudenda told Parliament this afternoon following consultations with the reporter, the matter was resolved amicably with Murwira pledging to always follow ethical and professional reporting standards.

The charge of contempt of Parliament no longer arises.

Mudenda’s full statement in Parliament

ALLEGED COMPTEMPT OF PARLIAMENT BY MR. ZVAMAIDA MURWIRA HERALD JOURNALIST

On Thursday, 2nd February, 2017, Hon. Misihairabwi-Mushonga rose on a point of privilege alleging that Mr. Zvamaida Murwira, a reporter with The Herald had reported on her speech of the previous day in a manner that distorted her speech.  She also alleged that the reporting was also discriminatory in the manner it was reported when compared to those speeches of her male counterparts.  However, following consultations between myself, Hon. Misihairabwi-Mushonga and the reporter, the matter was resolved amicably following the pledge by the reporter to always follow ethical and professional reporting standards, as implored by the Hon. Speaker during the media briefing in Parliament.  The media had pledged to abide by the Speaker’s plea and in view of that commitment, that matter is now accordingly resolved and to that extent the contempt of Parliament charge does not arise.

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