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ZMC commissioner Chris Mhike in London workshop

One of the commissioners in the recently set up Zimbabwe Media Commission Chris Mhike will be addressing a workshop for exiled journalists in London on Friday the 9th of July. The Harare based lawyer is expected to update exiles on political and media developments back home.

Organisers say the consultation workshop was arranged for Zimbabwean journalists in the UK and give them a chance to articulate their views on the sort of media landscape they would like to see back home.

Among some of the objectives set out will be getting Diaspora media involved in the Constitutional Process. Other issues will include gathering the views of the Diaspora based Zimbabwe journalists and to nominate a sub group that will put the views together into a document (position paper).

This position paper containing the journalists views will be forwarded to the Zimbabwe Constitutional Consultancy (Coalition of organisations in the Diaspora) to be included in the Diaspora submissions.

Meanwhile the Council of Zimbabwe Christian Leaders in the UK (CZCL) says it has been lobbying the Constitutional Parliamentary Committee (COPAC) in Zimbabwe to engage the Diaspora and has held meetings with COPAC chairs and representatives in Harare.

‘It is our view, that unless we show interest as the Diaspora in the process it is unlikely that the people in Zimbabwe will speak for us. We cannot guarantee that the views collected will be included in a new constitution but we can guarantee that the views will get to COPAC through the channels we have opened,’ the group said.

Details of the workshop (open to any interested persons)

Friday, July 9, 2010

Time: 2:00pm – 5:00pm

Location: Royal London House, 22-25 Finsbury Square, EC2A 1DX (nearest tube station is Moorgate)