Group: Zim radio receiver ban illegal

2013-02-22 13:18

Harare - Media freedom campaigners say police in Zimbabwe are breaking the law by seizing and banning small radio receivers that can tune in to stations not linked to the state broadcasting monopoly controlled by President Robert Mugabe's party.

The Media Institute of Southern Africa said on Friday no regulations outlaw the hand-cranked, solar powered radios that democracy and election support groups plan to use ahead of a referendum on a new constitution next month and crucial elections later in the year.

Police insist the radios and cheap Chinese 3G smartphones are being supplied by "subversive organisations" and pose a security threat surrounding the polling.

MISA said any broadcast receiver only requires a routine listeners' license. The police action was a grave threat to active and informed participation in upcoming voting, it said.

  • tony.bakkie - 2013-02-22 13:26

    Pfffft. Free and fair elections. Whatever. You will listen to Bob. Mind you the SA(ANC)BC will probably want something like this.

  • compos.mentis.58 - 2013-02-22 13:42

    he he he... subversive... agents....colonialists....danger to democracy... security threat... I think our Guwwirmint and Zim shares the same spin doctor....

  • Ecosse.Nkosi - 2013-02-22 15:29

    I thought after leaving Africa I would find democracy in the UK but it seems Westminster are determined not to allow the Scots their freedom, even although they have relinquished their hold on the colonies, Scotland, an equal partner in the Union of Parliaments in 1706 is castigated for wanting to break up the UK

  • Advance Mbonisi Maseko - 2013-05-17 08:12

    this is bad it is so sady

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