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Response to Daily News article - Police ban radios
Election Support Network
February 20, 2013
Election Support Network (ZESN) has learnt with shock the report
by the Daily News article, 20 February 2013, that ZESN is among
NGOs that are distributing radios in areas where they are carrying
civic education. The paper further alleged that, "The shock
move to ban radios came as police raided
ZESN offices in Harare and Masvingo, where radios and other gadgets
were confiscated." The statements in the paper are not accurate
and ZESN is concerned by the perceptions that this article may create.
categorically states that the police did not find the organization
in possession of any radios or communication gadgets. The organization
further states that in Masvingo, it was a break-in where 8 boardroom
chairs, several T-shirts, a printer and a computer were taken. The
organization has since reported the break-in to Masvingo Central
Police Station who are claiming to be investigating the matter.
ZESN notes that
the three journalists who covered the story did not bother to verify
what had transpired with ZESN officials. ZESN therefore demands
that the newspaper retracts its article and seek factual information
from the organization. The article is inflammatory and provocative
to the organization can be seen as an attempt to undermine the work
of the organization. ZESN reiterates that, given the current political
situation in the country, the misinformation may have negative repercussions
on the work of the network and its members.
determined in its work to promote democratic elections in Zimbabwe.
The organization is also committed to remain impartial in the conduct
of its work.
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