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May 13, 2011

Zimbabwe: Journalist arrested, independent dailies harassed in return to bad old ways

Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) has expressed concern over Mzwandile Ndlovu , a journalist held by the police in the western town of Hwange since his arrest on May 10, and about the constant harassment of employees of two independent newspapers, The Daily News and NewsDay , by police, intelligence officials and members of President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu-PF party. “We condemn Zanu-PF’s continuing use of such outdated methods as intimidation, physical attacks and... MORE
April 27, 2011

11 hard drives, editor’s laptop stolen from independent daily critical of Zimbabwe president

An independent daily newspaper critical of Zimbabwe’s president said Wednesday thieves raided its offices and stole computer hard drives and the editor’s laptop, the Associated Press has reported. Raphael Khumalo, chief executive at NewsDay said components and hard drives from 11 reporters’ computers were removed in the raid Monday night, along with the editor’s laptop used to write a weekly column “critical of political injustices and social ills.” No other items were stolen. In large page... MORE
April 5, 2011

Another new paper for Zimbabwe

Another new newspaper has been revealed in Zimbabwe, making a surprise arrival on the streets on Thursday, reports Dummy copies of the paper titled The Mail were handed out free to the public on Thursday, ahead of the paper’s official launch, set for some time next week. The paper, carrying a headline story that says: “Restrictions on rallies biased,” appears to be a far cry from the state-sympathetic Herald. SW Radio Africa correspondent Simon Muchemwa explained that the... MORE
March 25, 2011

Facebook user in Zimbabwe jailed for message supporting Arab revolutions

Internet user Vikas Mavhudzi has been detained for the past month on a charge of advocating the government’s overthrow in a message he posted on Zimbabwe Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s Facebook page. He is to remain in prison until his trial, for which no date has yet been set, Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) has reported Mavhudzi, 39, posted a message highlighting the impact of Egypt’s revolution and indicating his support for peaceful protests. “I am... MORE
March 19, 2011

Zimbabwe daily banned by Mugabe back on the streets after 8 years

The Daily News , Zimbabwe's largest selling newspaper that was banned eight years ago for criticising President Robert Mugabe, has hit the stands again. The Daily News was a strident critic of Mugabe. With presidential elections again expected later this year, the newspaper is hardly beating a retreat. According to an Agence France-Presse (AFP) report, it went to the extent of asserting in its editorial on Friday, "We unapologetically declare that we will take a critical stand against bad... MORE
March 6, 2011

Defamation charges against journalist in Zimbabwe dropped for lack of evidence

Golden Maunganidze, the editor of the privately owned weekly, The Masvingo Mirror , accused of defaming ZANU PF Masvingo provincial chairman Lovemore Matuke, was freed by the courts after the state declined to prosecute him on February 24. The State said there was no evidence warranting prosecution. Maunganidze was arrested on February 23 in the southern town of Masvingo on allegations of criminally defaming Matuke. The police questioned and detained Maunganidze for about two hours before... MORE
March 6, 2011

Journalists' case referred to Supreme Court in Zimbabwe

Harare Magistrate Don Ndirowei removed from remand and granted an application for referral to the Supreme Court submitted by The Standard journalists Nevanji Madanhire and Nqobani Ndlovu after the state failed to oppose the application on February 28. Madanhire, who is the editor of The Standard , and Ndlovu, a reporter for the paper, are being charged under Section 31 of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act. Section 31 deals with the publication of statements that "undermine public... MORE
January 14, 2011

Zimbabwe hikes media fees under draconian media law

Zimbabwe's power-sharing government should repeal the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (AIPPA), the Committee to Protect Journalists said after a late 2010 amendment to the legislation hiked mandatory registration and accreditation fees for the press working in the country by as much as 400 percent. Since 2002, AIPPA, a draconian piece of media-licensing legislation, has forced news organizations and journalists operating in Zimbabwe to annually register with the government... MORE
January 7, 2011

Zimbabwe orders media to pay higher fees or face prosecution

The Zimbabwean government on Thursday warned journalists and media organisations operating in the African country that they could be prosecuted if they fail to immediately comply with new registration fees that have soared by as much as 300 percent, according to Deutsche Presse-Agentur (DPA). The Zimbabwe Union of Journalists has condemned the new fees as 'shocking and retributive,' arguing that they 'can only make journalists go underground or stop practicing.' 'Ordinarily fees for... MORE
December 27, 2010

Zimbabwe First Lady sues weekly for quoting WikiLeaks cable

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe’s wife, Grace Mugabe, has brought about a libel suite against independent weekly The Standard for quoting a US diplomatic cable leaked by WikiLeaks accusing her of involvement in diamond trafficking. She is demanding $15 million in damages, according to Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF). “The First Lady’s libel suit aims to undermine The Standard , which just reported information available to everyone thanks to WikiLeaks,” RSF... MORE