|Govt urged to exempt newsprint from taxes|
|Friday, 08 June 2012 12:00|
committee on Media, Information and Communication Technologies, Mr Settlement Chikwinya (Redcliff MDC-T), while presenting a report on the state of the media in Zimbabwe.
“The committee recommends that Government should either exempt local media houses from paying duty for ink or newsprint or that newspapers published outside the country should be taxed,” he said.
viability while foreign organisations had undue advantage.
“We need to see more papers from this country rather than import from South Africa. Those newspapers do not carry any advertisements of local industry but promote their own. They are promoting South African interests and do not have any interest in promoting Zimbabwean issues,” he said.
The committee also noted that titles under Zimpapers were struggling due to obsolete equipment and under-funding due to the harsh economic environment. Turning to Zimbabwe Broadcasting Holdings, the committee said there was need for the broadcaster to improve its content.
“The public, during the public hearings held in both Harare and Bulawayo, lamented lack of consultation on programmes aired by the public broadcaster. As a result, many viewers have opted for satellite dishes and shun ZTV,” he said.