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September 15, 2003

Update on the Zimbabwe Newspaper Closure

The Daily News is filing to register and reopen.

However, getting the newspaper's offices reopened may not be straightforward, with the main state-run daily newspaper, the Herald, predicting possible problems ahead with the MIC.

"It's difficult to see how an outlaw that has been operating illegally can be registered," an unnamed lawyer was quoted as saying.

Daily News chief executive Sam Nkomo has been summoned to appear in court early this week and is expected to be charged.

Next time you hear someone who cries "censorship" whenever Wal Mart refuses to carry a CD or when a radio station decides to stop playing the Dixie Chicks, refer them to this as a true example (and a frightening example) of censorship.

One of the best tools in the arsenal of liberalization is to ensure that news gets through to the citizens of developing nations. News from Western sources can act as a powerful antidote to the news gathered from state run organizations.

Read the story.

Posted by zombyboy at September 15, 2003 03:12 PM

Want to read something scarier ? How about this:

"Since it was set up in 2000, the youth militia, known locally as the "Green Bombers" from the colour of their uniforms, have grown into one of the most commonly reported violators of human rights in Zimbabwe, the report said. Allegations of murder, torture, rape, arson, destruction of property and denial of food aid and health care to opposition members by the militia have been documented by Physicians for Human Rights, based in Denmark, and Amnesty International, among other rights groups."

"Besides reportedly abusing others, youth militias are abused themselves. Girls have detailed cases of systematic rape in camps by trainees, camp instructors, senior commanders and ZANU-PF officials. Among 35 urban youth militia, who in 2002 approached a local human rights group for help, six girls were pregnant. The youngest girl raped in the group was aged 11.

Debbie (not her real name) joined the militia at Tabazinduna camp, 40 km from Bulawayo, after they threatened to burn down her family home. "Boys and girls slept in the same dorm and we were raped nightly, I don't know by who and by how many," she said at the launch of the report.

When she reported the rapes to a local ZANU-PF official, he allegedly pulled out a gun and threatened to kill her if she persisted. Debbie became pregnant and HIV-positive before eventually fleeing Zimbabwe.

Debbie's one-year-old baby girl, named Nocthula (peace), played on the floor while her mother on Friday described the daily and nightly routine: wake up at 3:00 am, run 20 km, do 200 press-ups, roll in the mud, eat donkey meat, sing ZANU-PF slogans, watch the torture of opposition members brought into the camp, be raped at night. "


Posted by: Naunihal at September 15, 2003 07:12 PM

I completely missed that--thanks for sharing it with us.

Posted by: zombyboy at September 15, 2003 11:16 PM
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