Zimbabwe state media chief fired

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The Zimbabwe government Wednesday fired the head of the state-owed Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC), Henry Muradzikwa, without giving reasons. It is, however, widely suspected that Muradzikwa was fired for unenthusiastic support of the government during March presidential and parliamentary elections. “We have parted ways with Muradzikwa. The board met with Muradzikwa…and we reached an agreement that he leaves ZBC (Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation),” Justin Mutasa, chairman of the board, said. Muradzikwa previously worked as editor of top government newspapers and news agency, and taught media studies at the university. The government is facing a tough challenge from the opposition, after it lost parliamentary control in the March polls. President Robert Mugabe is due to face the country’s main opposition leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, in a second round presidential vote in elections the latter is widely tipped to win.

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