Wilf Mbanga

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Attacks on the Press

Attacks on the Press 2007: Zimbabwe

It's the vacuum that illustrates the problem--all of the reporters who have fled, the news outlets that have closed, the stories that have gone unreported. Seven years of government intimidation and deteriorating economic conditions have prompted a steady flow of Zimbabwean journalists to leave the country. CPJ has documented at least 48 journalists as having fled since 2001, although the number is twice that when data from exile organizations is considered. Those ranks include many of the nation's most prominent reporters, constituting the largest group of exiled journalists in the world, CPJ research shows.
February 5, 2008 10:10 AM ET


Alerts   |   Zimbabwe

In Zimbabwe, purported list names 15 journalists for surveillance

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.

September 28, 2007 12:00 PM ET


Alerts   |   Zimbabwe

Zimbabwean reporter jailed, beaten and paper threatened over coverage

New York, April 2, 2007— A reporter of an independent Zimbabwean weekly was jailed, beaten, and charged by police in the capital Harare in connection with coverage of the recent unrest in Zimbabwe, according to local journalists.

Gift Phiri of the London-based The Zimbabwean was charged with practicing journalism without accreditation under Zimbabwe’s draconian Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (AIPPA) after being assaulted Sunday by several police officers in Harare central police station, Rangu Nyamurundira of the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights told CPJ. Phiri’s application for accreditation with the official Media Information Commission was pending since January, according to The Zimbabwean editor Wilf Mbanga. Phiri remained in custody today and was expected to appear in court on Tuesday.
April 2, 2007 12:00 PM ET


Attacks on the Press   |   Zimbabwe

Attacks on the Press 2005: Zimbabwe

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.

February 16, 2006 10:56 AM ET


Dangerous Assignments   |   Eritrea, Ethiopia, Journalist Assistance, Kenya, South Africa, Sudan, Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe's Exiled Press

Uprooted journalists struggle to keep careers, independent reporting alive.
October 19, 2005 12:00 AM ET


Attacks on the Press   |   Zimbabwe

Attacks on the Press 2001: Zimbabwe

President Robert Mugabe was named to CPJ's list of the ten worst enemies of the press in 2001. See CPJ's 2001 Enemies list. Backed by his volatile minister of information and publicity, Jonathan Moyo, Mugabe harangued, insulted, threatened, and intimidated journalists throughout the year. Mugabe, his unpopularity growing at home, found himself increasingly isolated on the world stage as well, with his government threatened with sanctions from the European Union and expulsion from the Commonwealth.
March 26, 2002 12:00 PM ET


Alerts   |   Zimbabwe


New York, November 9, 2001—The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) welcomes the release of Geoff Nyarota, editor-in-chief of the Daily News, and Wilf Mbanga, the former chief executive officer of the Associated Newspapers of Zimbabwe (ANZ), the paper's publisher.

Nyarota and Mbanga were arrested on the morning of November 8 and taken to the headquarters of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) in Harare.
November 9, 2001 12:00 PM ET


Letters   |   Zimbabwe

CPJ condemns arrest of editor

November 8, 2001

President Robert Mugabe
Office of the President
Munhumutapa Building
Samora Machel Avenue/ 3rd Street
Harare, Zimbabwe

Via Facsimile: 011-263-4-708-820

Your Excellency,

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.

November 8, 2001 12:00 AM ET


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