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Reporters sans frontières
/ Reporters Without Borders
July 31, 2006
Reporters Without Borders condemned
of Communications Bill that was submitted on 26 July to the
Zimbabwean parliament. It would allow the authorities to intercept
and read e-mail messages and listen to mobile phone calls without
needing to get permission from a judge.
"We deplore this new proposed law, which would clearly violate every
citizen's privacy, the freedom of expression and opinion, and the
right of journalists to protect the confidentiality of their sources,"
the press freedom organisation said.
"Although not on the front line of the fight against terrorism,
the regime is clearly using this as a pretext for silencing its
critics in the press and political opposition, and we therefore
call on the parliamentary legal committee, parliamentarians in general
and, if it gets that far, the supreme court, to reject the bill,"
Reporters Without Borders added.
The parliamentary legal committee is currently examining the bill
to determine if it conforms to the constitution. If approved, it
will be go before the entire parliament..
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