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police action must be challenged
Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR)
February 21, 2013
for Human Rights (ZLHR) is astounded by the most recent actions
of the Zimbabwe Republic Police on Tuesday 19 February 2013, where
through a press briefing, they launched an unwarranted assault on
freedom of expression and access to information by purporting
to ban citizens from possessing and distributing radios and
similar communication devices.
In terms of
Section 20 (i) of the Constitution
every Zimbabwean is entitled to receive and impart information without
any hindrance and the use of common technology such as radio, television
or mobile phone is protected by law.
by the police are patently illegal. This so-called ban has no basis
in law. The lengths to which State institutions and actors are now
going to deny fundamental rights and freedoms and act outside the
law is alarming but is typical of paranoid State authorities who
are contemptuous of any diversity of opinion and information.
ZLHR is deeply
committed to freedom of expression and access to information. It
is also our firm and unshakeable belief that the police are the
least expected to act outside the law considering that they are
mandated in terms of Section 18 (1) to act lawfully and uphold the
Constitution. We refuse to be passive spectators of such blatant
violations and impunity, and as such ZLHR is preparing to challenge
this purported ban through the courts imminently.
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