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proposes eavesdropping law
May 27, 2006
has published a Bill that, if passed by Parliament, would enable
state agents to eavesdrop on private conversations and monitor faxes
and e-mails, a state daily reported on Saturday.
has gazetted the Interception
of Communications Bill 2006, that seeks to establish a communication
centre to intercept and monitor certain communications in the course
of their transmission, through a telecommunication, postal or any
other related service system," The Herald said.
The Bill, a
copy of which has been circulating among the media and rights groups,
was published in the Government Gazette late on Friday.
is the last stop for draft laws before reaching Parliament, where
President Robert Mugabe's ruling Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic
Front (Zanu-PF) enjoys a majority.
Under the proposed
law, telecommunication service providers will be compelled to install
devices to enable interception of phone conversations, faxes and
The draft law
allows the Minister of Transport and Communications to issue an
interception warrant to state agents "where there are reasonable
grounds for the minister to believe, among other things, that a
serious offence has been, is being or
will probably be committed or that there is a threat to safety or
have slammed the proposed law as further tightening President Robert
Mugabe's iron grip on the media and communications.
a tough media law early 2002 which has been invoked to expel foreign
correspondents, shut down four independent newspapers -- including
a popular daily renowned for its anti-government stance -- and emasculating
a once-vibrant independent press.
broadcasting laws have been used to maintain the monopoly of state
broadcasters, while independent media have circumvented the laws
by operating pirate radio stations from abroad. - Sapa-AFP
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