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politicization of information in Zimbabwe
United States Institute for Peace (USIP)
October 26, 2007
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of Zimbabwe has forced many independent media outlets to close and
has created one of the most oppressive working environments for
journalists. Today, only two independent weekly papers remain, and
many journalists work from abroad or not at all. According to the
Committee to Protect Journalists, Zimbabwe tops the list of journalists
forced into exile. Local journalists are particularly at risk if
they are suspected of working with Western journalists. The crackdown
on the media has made receiving information on the crisis in Zimbabwe
difficult for those both inside and outside the country, and has
led to many unreliable reports on Zimbabwe.
How does the
Zimbabwean media operate in the current environment? How do the
regional and international communities affect the role played by
journalists in publicizing the crisis in Zimbabwe? Peta Thornycroft,
the International Women's Media Foundation Lifetime
Achievement Award winner, discusses the challenges faced by
Zimbabwean journalists and the role they can play in the current
the beginning of Peta's USIP talk is cut off, and the questions
the audience asks her are often very faint. But you can listen to
some of Peta's comments on the files below.
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