Zim journalists face increased intimidation

2012-12-01 08:56

Harare - An independent Zimbabwean media rights group says journalists face increased intimidation, threats and assaults in their work as elections scheduled next year draw near.

A researcher for the Africa Media Barometer, Chris Mhike, said Friday that Zimbabwean journalists are "treading on dangerous grounds" by writing about President Robert Mugabe, the police, army and other individuals in power.

Mhike was speaking at the launch of the barometer, a survey to monitor progress on media freedom which is sponsored by the Media Institute of Southern Africa.

Mhike said the majority of people in Zimbabwe still live in fear which is made worse by draconian laws that allow journalists and citizens to be arrested for the "flimsiest of reasons".

  • AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-12-01 10:44

    . TYRANNY AT WORK !!!!

  • abel.n.gideon - 2012-12-01 18:41

    that shows how Zim peple have been betrayed by their leaders esp Mr Tsvangirai. you ask a question ; what has he acheived since the Unity Gvt was formed?

      bornwell.dennison - 2012-12-03 15:17

      If you remember well,before the Govenment of National Unity,shelves in shops were empty,fuel shortages were the order of the day.For you to buy bread you would need piles and piles of Zim notes,quotations changed daily,prices of common commodities changed every hour like weather.Right now slowly but surely we are seeing police arresting perpetrators of violence,all this is an achievement that has been eluding the previous Govenment for 30plus years.If people expect the MDC to change the destruction that was done over 30years overnight then you are expecting far too much,miracles stopped many centuries ago

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