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a taste of what’s to come! A week in review
This week has seen further disturbing events unfolding all pointing out to the fact that Zimbabwe is far from being a democracy that we all wish to see. The situation has further slumped to new levels on gross human rights violations, police brutality and court judgements, which are difficult to accept in a sound democracy. There is no longer any recourse for aggrieved parties because the judiciary has been severely politicised and the independent press silenced.
latest victim of organised violence
We once again call for the immediate cessation of all forms of torture and state-sponsored violence against members of the opposition and civil society.
NCA members beaten
up, Madhuku left for dead
Dr Lovemore Madhuku, the NCA Chairman and Bopoto Nyandoro, the organisation’s chairman for Mashonaland East province and other demonstrators were bundled into a police truck and severely beaten and dumped in a bush on the outskirts of Harare.
Four women were mauled by police dogs and are reportedly battling for life at a private clinic in Harare and more than 130 protestors who were arrested during Wednesday’s demonstration were asked to pay Z$10 000.00 each as admission of guilty fine.
Death knell for
The judgment by Chief Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku against the Independent Journalists Association of Zimbabwe indicates that freedom of the press, which is one of the basic tenets of a sound democracy are a mirage in Zimbabwe. As rightly pointed out by Justice Wilson Sandura, the idea of compulsory accreditation for the journalists is ultra vires the constitution.
As Crisis Coalition our problem with AIPPA is not only its unconstitutionality but also its selective application. AIPPA has created two media worlds in Zimbabwe. One world is that of the independent press that is continuously arraigned before the courts on trumped up charges for failing to uphold AIPPA and the other world of the public media that is yet to feel the bite of the same law since its promulgation in 2001.
There have been numerous instances where reporters employed by the government-controlled Herald and the Sunday Mail have fallen foul of the provisions of AIPPA, which prohibit the deliberate publication of false information, but much to our surprise nothing has been done.
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