Access to television by the Deaf and Hard of Hearing In Zimbabwe March 2014

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Deaf Zimbabwe Trust (DZT) and Zimbabwe Deaf Media Trust (ZDMT) had a meeting with the Chief Executive Officer of the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ), Engineer Obert Mugwanyura and the BAZ Manager responsible for Broadcasting Content. After the meeting, it was agreed that DZT and ZDMT were to produce a position paper regarding the issues which they are seeking redress. The meeting was prompted by the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation’s lack of sensitivity to the Deaf’s right to receive and impart information through the television. In other words Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation Television (ZBC TV) is constantly violating the Deaf’s freedom of expression. Deaf Zimbabwe Trust tried in vain to engage ZBC TV Management, in particular Mr Tarzan Mandizvidza but were never given an opportunity to either speak or meet him to deliberate on these concerns. A copy of the letter dated 22 October 2013 addressed to the General Manager, News and Current Affairs, Mr Tarzan Mandizvidza in which various concerns were raised by Deaf Zimbabwe Trust is attached hereto as annexure ‘A’ for ease of reference.

About DZT

Deaf Zimbabwe Trust was formed and registered as a trust in 2012 and began operations in 2013. Initially the organisation was formed to advance the rights of Deaf children.

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