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Ask Takudzwa 13 – Pump Up the Volume: Dealing with the Media

March 28, 2021

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Author: Scott Douglas Jacobsen

Numbering: Issue 1.A, Idea: African Freethinking

Place of Publication: Langley, British Columbia, Canada

Title: African Freethinker

Web Domain: http://www.in-sightjournal.com

Individual Publication Date: March 28, 2021

Issue Publication Date: TBD

Name of Publisher: In-Sight Publishing

Frequency: One Time Per Year

Words: 405

Keywords: Christianity, Humanist Society of Zimbabwe, London Missionary Society, Sunday Mail, Takudzwa Mazwienduna, Zimbabwe, Zimbabwean Secular Alliance.

Ask Takudzwa 13 – Pump Up the Volume: Dealing with the Media[1],[2]

Takudzwa Mazwienduna is the informal leader of Zimbabwean Secular Alliance and a Member of the Humanist Society of Zimbabwe. This educational series will explore secularism in Zimbabwe from an organizational perspectiveand more. 

Scott Douglas Jacobsen: When you’re writing to these newspapers, what is their attitude or orientation?

Takudzwa Mazwienduna: The newspapers are usually indifferent to our plight. They are obliged to include us as national newspapers in the name of diversity because they get religious contributions too.

Jacobsen: What are the acceptance rate of articles and press releases submitted for distribution to these newspaper and media services for secular and freethought – humanist – content in Zimbabwe?

Mazwienduna: The Sunday Mail is Zimbabwe’s biggest Sunday newspaper, and Shingai Rukwata Ndoro has had a column for Humanist and secularist issues entitled Chiseling The Debris since 2014. It has gained a committed audience over the years.

Jacobsen: What have been the main messages other than “we’re here, we’re near, get used to it”?

Mazwienduna: We have helped in sensitizing the public to get up on speed with secular policies, raised our concerns over violations of secularism by government officials and the response was generally positive.

Jacobsen: Why do they portray the community of humanists as Satanists?

Mazwienduna: The nature of Christianity in Zimbabwe is totalitarian amongst the public. You are either for God or for Satan, a rigid belief that was established during colonial times by the London Missionary Society. I always ask people who accuse me of Satanism if they believe in Horus, and if they worship Seth because they don’t.

Jacobsen: When the community grows, or as the community develops, would an internal survey of demographics and attitudes help guide 5-year plans?

Mazwienduna: The nature of Christianity in Zimbabwe is totalitarian amongst the public. You are either for God or for Satan, a rigid belief that was established during colonial times by the London Missionary Society. I always ask people who accuse me of Satanism if they believe in Horus, and if they worship Seth because they don’t.

Jacobsen: How can technology be a means by which to self-publish content? Young Humanists International has a platform called Humanist Voices if they would like to contact me: Scott.D.Jacobsen@Gmail.Com. I am more than happy to publish and polish their content.

Mazwienduna: Internet is not as widespread as it is in South Africa or other well off countries in Zimbabwe. People seldom read online publications and the majority of the population lives in rural areas where they don’t even have electricity. National newspapers and radio have been the main platforms for us.

Jacobsen: Thank you for the opportunity and your time, Takudzwa.

Appendix I: Footnotes

[1] Founder, In-Sight Publishing.

[2] Individual Publication Date: March 28, 2021: http://www.in-sightjournal.com/ask-takudzwa-13-pump-up-the-volume-dealing-with-the-media.

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