‘Enemy of the state’ journalist to speak at Stirling University

A ZIMBABWEAN journalist labelled an ‘enemy of the state’ and forced to flee his country is to speak about democracy and journalism at a seminar being hosted by the University of Stirling.

Wilf Mbanga, founder and editor of The Zimbabwean and The Zimbabwean on Sunday, said to be the nation’s largest-circulation independent newspapers, will be analysing – a week today – the current power-sharing agreement in his homeland.

He is being preceded – on Monday – by Stirling alumni, Brian Gorman, Reuters correspondent on European Stock Markets, who is to present a seminar on financial journalism.

The talks are being organised by the Stirling Media Research Institute and the School of History and Politics.

Says Dr Jairo Lugo, lecturer in Journalism Studies, at the Department of Film, Media and Journalism: “We are delighted to have such speakers coming to the University. Wilf Mbanga is, by all accounts, an example for future generations of journalists across the globe and is someone who we must all hear.

“And to have Brian Gorman here is an opportunity to learn from the journalists who are out there taking the heat in the current financial times. It is also timely as we have just started the first MSc in Financial Journalism in Great Britain.”