New York, September 28, 2007—Several journalists have raised concerns about a purported government document that names 15 independent journalists to be “placed under strict surveillance and taken in.” The authenticity of the list—published Wednesday on the South Africa-based news Web site ZimOnline—was denied by the government, although at least three of the named journalists have been the targets of recent documented harassment.
ZIMBABWE In the run-up to parliamentary elections in March, the government
of President Robert Mugabe further tightened repressive legislation that has been used to drastically reduce the independent media and its freedom to operate. Independent journalists continued to face police harassment, official intimidation, and the constant threat of arrest under the draconian laws. Several more journalists went into exile, joining a growing diaspora and underscoring Zimbabwe's reputation as one of Africa's worst abusers of press freedom and human rights. The country's economy foundered amid skyrocketing inflation, further impeding the few remaining independent news outlets.
November 8, 2001
President Robert Mugabe
Office of the President
Samora Machel Avenue/ 3rd Street
Via Facsimile: 011-263-4-708-820
The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) condemns today's arrests and detentions of Geoff Nyarota, editor-in-chief of the Daily News, Zimbabwe's only independent daily newspaper, and Wilf Mbanga, the former chief executive officer of the Associated Newspapers of Zimbabwe (ANZ), the company that publishes the Daily News.
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