Zimbabwe wants to ban foreign papers

2012-02-02 22:46

Harare - Zimbabwe's media commission on Thursday said it will ask authorities to ban foreign newspapers that are not registered to operate in the country.

"The Zimbabwe media commission has resolved to bar affected papers from entrance into and circulation within Zimbabwe until they comply with Zimbabwe's laws," commission chair Godfrey Majonga said in a statement.

Majonga singled out South Africa's Sunday Times newspaper as having failed to comply with the rules, which require all journalists working in the country to obtain accreditation from the commission.

"We regret that one and a half years since our reminder to the affected media services to comply with Zimbabwe's laws by regularising their status and that of all journalists working for them, the same papers and journalists are operating exactly as they were doing a year ago," Majonga said.

Media in Zimbabwe have operated under stringent rules for the last decade, with several newspapers forced to shut down while journalists and foreign correspondents have been deported and harassed by the police.

Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, who joined long-ruling President Robert Mugabe in a shaky unity government three years ago, has vowed to abolish the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act, which bars foreign journalists from working permanently in the country.

The 2002 act forced media organisations and journalists to register with a government body and has been invoked to arrest independent journalists.

The slow pace of media reforms is one of the main sticking points in the unity accord between Mugabe and Tsvangirai.

  • Sibusiso Nkabinde - 2012-02-02 23:16

      Boer - 2012-02-03 01:46

      What a backwards lot. Just look at the state of their nation. Mugabe vrek nou en kry klaar jou ou vieslike vark.

      ErnaJacobs - 2012-02-03 07:53

      I agree.

  • Max - 2012-02-02 23:18

    My question is rather, why would foreign newspapers still want to operate in Zimbabwe? Zimbabwe is finished....hy is klaar gebreek....there is nothing that they can report on that will surprise us any more.

  • Gollum - 2012-02-03 00:35

    Any newspaper that gained accreditation from the Zim Media Commision would immediately lose all respect and credibility everywhere, including Zimbabwe. It's only a matter of time before the rot caves in there. It would have happened a lot sooner if SA and the AU didn't support Mugarbage

  • Juan - 2012-02-03 02:58

    Uncle bob has another sham election to stage, and he needs the media out the way

  • Tshivhombela Fhatuwani - 2012-02-03 03:56

    You burned them many years ago. I mean the M&G headquarters. What more can you do before you die Mugabe?

      Eduard - 2012-02-03 07:13

      he can kill more people, sad but true.

  • Andries - 2012-02-03 05:48

    Ban foreign Press? And why the hell not? I would encourage the Zim government to do so. I for one, am curious to see how far Zimbabwe can be driven into the ground... they’ve done an excellent job so far. Maybe they are planning a sort of hybrid state somewhere between a North Korean despotism and a Somalian no man’s land. Could be very interesting.

  • The-Azanian - 2012-02-03 06:43

    zimbabwe has totally transformed into china but only poor.

  • Xavier7034 - 2012-02-03 07:35

    How much of Zimbabwe's unmined Platinum has been "pledged" to the Chinese - that is just ONE thing amongst MANY others that need to be exposed by the already muzzled LOCAL press....let alone the FREE International press. THAT, inter-alia, where one can only speculate as to where Mugabe's fabulous wealth comes other words, he has sold, almost single-handed, the SOUL of what wealth actually belongs to the people of Zimbabwe!

  • Ian - 2012-02-03 07:46

    wow the sunday times, wonder what chance the mail and guardian (my favourite paper) has got, what a bunch of clowns

  • Robert - 2012-02-03 08:03

    The Dictatorship rears its ugly head once again - Mugabe is a parasite and his nation cannot see it. One of Africa's tragic and sad stories of a country that was once part of the bread basket of Africa where anything would grow and prosper, to now a place of rack and ruin. The ape at the top being the biggest problem !!

  • Mark - 2012-02-03 11:32

    I hate to be an advocate for this , but in Zim I see no choice, time for civil war, because ZANU-PF will not willingly give up power. Then it must be taken from them and given back to the people. If the AU is interested in African solutions for African problems, then they should intervene, make sure elections are free and fair, and let the winner take office and govern in the spirit of the law, and the people.

  • Buti - 2012-02-03 11:45

    Mugabe "the untouchable man"

  • Anthony - 2012-02-03 11:58

    Mugabe; "THE criminal THUG of Africa"

  • Wilbert - 2012-02-03 20:15

    Mugabe has always done as he pleased, Tsvangirai has really made no difference to that.

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