Harare Metro (H-Metro), a state-run publication has apologised for publishing a letter to the editor which wished for the death of an unnamed member of the presidium.
The publication regarded the publishing of the letter as “erroneous,” some readers believe the editors might have been threatened by the said member of the presidium. Said one follower:
Someone got fired for putting President’s pic/story on 2nd page of The Herald, l don’t see Larry Moyo surviving this one, hopefully, l am wrong.
This was apparently about the former editor at The Herald, Joram Nyathi who was fired for allegedly putting a story of President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s return from a four-nation Eurasia trip on the second page of the publication.
Reads the H-Metro retraction post:
IN our 19 February 2021 edition of H-Metro we erroneously published feedback from someone wishing death upon ‘someone in the presidium’. The error is regretted. We apologise sincerely to the Presidium and all our readers for this error and for any inconveniences caused – EDITOR
Responding to H-Metro’s apology, some social media users said there was nothing to apologise for since the letter was written to the Editor and had to be posted as it was. One follower tweeted:
Tell them. It means if you say something they disagree with, they will not print it. Why then ask for people’s opinions in the first place?
You choose to alienate your readers who provide opinions in good faith. You don’t have to agree with all if your readers’ opinions. (Unless, of course, this did not come from your reader.)
Nothing wrong, you must state that it’s the readers opinion and not editor’s . That is what they call international best practices. Do not censor your readers’ feedback.
Another one said there would have been no need to apologise if Zimbabwe was “a democratic country” adding that “in a country like ours,” one gets in trouble for feedback from readers.
A number of people have in the recent past wished for the death of all the members of the presidium saying they have failed to run this country.
Some posts on social media openly wished that the trio gets infected by the deadly coronavirus.