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urged to curb media repression
June 12, 2007
The World Association
of Newspapers (WAN) says President Robert Mugabe should curb the
arbitrary arrest, detention and torture of journalists working for
the independent press in Zimbabwe.
During its 60th congress
in Cape Town, South Africa held from 3 - 6 June 2007, the
WAN board also condemned the Media and Information Commission (MIC)
led by Dr Tafataona Mahoso for suppressing press freedom through
its policies aimed at asphyxiating the "very last private
media" in Zimbabwe.
WAN president Gavin O'Reilly
urged South African President Thabo Mbeki to use his influence to
end the country's abuses of freedom and civil liberties. "Though
conscious that it (Zimbabwe) is a sovereign state, we hope Mr President
that you will bring your considerable influence and abiding sense
of justice to do all in your power to help rectify the flagrant
abuses of freedom that exist in that country," said O'Reilly.
We readily recognise
that the Mugabe regime sees fit to discount any legitimate commentary
from the international community, but we hope that a fellow African
nation like South Africa can actively encourage real progress and
bring normalcy and true liberty to that country."
The Wan board said the
recurrent violations of journalists basic rights and the complete
disregard for the rule of law by the Zimbabwean leadership was totally
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