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Journalists Under Fire Campaign
April 30, 2004
The Media in
Zimbabwe is under constant attack from state organs, repressive
media laws, and those individuals who wish to restrict the free
flow of information. Media practitioners face detention, arrest,
threats and bombings.
Since 2000 over
100 media workers that include journalists, photographers, drivers,
publishers and even readers have been arrested for various "crimes",
under such laws as the Access to information and Protection of Privacy
Act (AIIPA), Public Order and Security Act (POSA) and many other
colonial laws that remain in our statutes. Others have been banned,
newspapers have been destroyed and readers beaten for reading certain
newspapers. This environment has put the media under siege and freedom
of expression in peril.
As part of its
monitoring activity the Media Institute of Southern Africa-Zimbabwe
Chapter, issues alerts to publicise media freedom and freedom of
expression violations. These alerts are complied in an annual publication,
So this is Democracy?
Which further reviews the state of the media in 11 Southern Africa
is therefore launching the "Zimbabwe Journalists under fire
campaign" to complement its monitoring work. Although MISA-Zimbabwe's
alerts help to expose violations of the rights of journalists, the
issuing of an alert unfortunately does not guarantee the protection
of journalists and to other media workers. Practical follow-up is
required to forward the momentum and opportunities created by action
of the Zimbabwe Journalists Under Fire campaign
- Expose the
persecution of media workers in Zimbabwe
- Provide practical
support to victims
for an enabling environment of media freedom and freedom of expression.
- Media activists
- Civic Society
organisations such as SADC and the African Union
media freedom/ freedom of expression/ human rights organisations
and Lobbying strategies
For more information
on the campaign and MISA-Zimbabwe work contact email: email@example.com
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