Zimbabwe

Mugabe bill to stifle access to info

2010-11-15 13:39

Special Report

War vets see 'sinister plot' to oust Robert Mugabe
War vets see 'sinister plot' to oust Robert Mugabe

Zimbabwe's chairperson of the National Liberation War Veterans Association, has reportedly warned there is a "sinister plot" within the ruling Zanu-PF party to oust President Robert Mugabe

Harare - The Zimbabwean government is planning to block public access to state information like court judgments, legislation, official notices and public registers, a press freedom watchdog warned on Monday.

The proposed legislation, drafted by President Robert Mugabe's wing of the country's coalition government, would worsen an already heavily restricted media environment, the Media Monitoring Project Zimbabwe (MMPZ) warned.

Clauses in the General Laws Amendment Bill published last month are a blatant attempt to gag the media from reporting on important government actions that are currently free from restriction, the MMPZ said in a bulletin.

The MMPZ said the bill would enforce copyright on all government documents, which could be published only with government approval.

If a human rights organisation wanted to publish details of a court ruling that affected the rights of citizens, it would have to get permission from the justice minister, the project warned.

Details of new electoral laws could also only be published by the media with state approval and official registers, like voters rolls, could also be made secret.

Significant reforms were made to media laws in Zimbabwe last year, resulting in the launch of the country's first independent daily newspaper in eight years, but journalists still suffer regular harassment.

Last week Mugabe's chief media official said no new radio or television stations would be given licences to operate, in violation of an undertaking in the power-sharing agreement signed by Mugabe and pro-democracy Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai in September 2008.

- SAPA

Read more on:    zimbabwe  |  media  |  southern africa

SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
4 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/News

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

One day only! – 40% off Appliances!

Get 40% off 100’s of appliances at kalahari.com. While stocks last. Shop now!

Seen something you like in our catalogue?

Find the perfect gift and save up to R5000 – As seen on the catalogue. Hurry and shop now!

Save up to R1000 on Hisense smartphones!

View the large range of Hisense smartphones. Buy today and save up to R1000!

Toys 4 for the price of 3

Buy 4 toys and get the cheapest FREE! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Mind blowing prices – As seen on TV

Get mind blowing prices on 1000’s of products! Shop now.

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

There is a strong desire to be self sufficient, right and in control today. There is a tendency to hold on too tightly to your...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.