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Zimbabwe 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 countries?

MISA-Zimbabwe 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 alerts.

Objectives of the Zimbabwe Journalists Under Fire campaign

  • Expose the persecution of media workers in Zimbabwe
  • Provide practical support to victims
  • Advocate for an enabling environment of media freedom and freedom of expression.


  • Media
  • Public
    Policy makers
  • Media activists
  • Intergovernmental organisations
  • Civic Society organisations
  • Regional organisations such as SADC and the African Union
  • International media freedom/ freedom of expression/ human rights organisations

Campaign elements

  • Information strategy
  • Advocacy and Lobbying strategies
  • Training strategy
  • Research strategy

For more information on the campaign and MISA-Zimbabwe work contact email:

Visit the MISA -Zimbabwe fact sheet

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