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Zim to tighten media laws ("subversive material of foreign origin" targeted in clampdown)
News 24 (South Africa) ^ | March 21, 2006

Posted on 03/22/2006 12:33:19 AM PST by Stoat

Zim to tighten media laws
21/03/2006 16:53  - (SA)  

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Harare - The head of Zimbabwe's media regulatory body wants to tighten press laws to control the distribution of "subversive material of foreign origin", say reports on Tuesday.

Zimbabwe's Media and Information Commission (MIC) had control over which newspapers were published in the country.

But, a few foreign publications that were often critical of President Robert Mugabe's government were distributed in Zimbabwe, to the apparent annoyance of the authorities.

The papers included weeklies such as the Zimbabwean, which was published in Britain; South Africa's Mail and Guardian newspaper and the Sunday Times of South Africa.

Local newspapers closed down

MIC chairperson Tafataona Mahoso said: "It is essential that we should regulate both the publishers and the distributors.

"Those distributors who import foreign periodicals should indicate where they are procuring such periodicals."

Mugabe signed the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (AIPPA) into law shortly after winning presidential elections in 2002.

Since then at least four local papers had been closed down and dozens of journalists - both local and foreign - were arrested.

According to reports, the state-run news agency was "on the brink of collapse".

Leo Mugabe, chairperson of the parliamentary committee on transport and communications, said that some members of staff from the agency, known as New Ziana, were "failing to come to work because of poor salaries, which were sometimes paid too late".

TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: africa; freedom; media; mugabe; news; zimbabwe
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1 posted on 03/22/2006 12:33:22 AM PST by Stoat
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To: Stoat

No news for you!

2 posted on 03/22/2006 12:43:02 AM PST by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2008: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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Who's Who of Southern Africa
Full Profile of :: Mugabe, Robert Gabriel
Personal Information
Mugabe, Robert Gabriel
Date of Birth 21/02/1924
Place of Birth Kutama Mission, Zimbabwe
Country of Residence Zimbabwe
Nationality Zimbabwean
Father's Name Gabriel Mugabe
Mother's Name Bona Shonhiwa
Spouse's Name Grace Marufu
School Kutuma Mission School

Type Institution Specialisation Year
Bachelor of Arts University of Fort Hare Education  
Bachelor of Science University of London - UOL Economics  
Master of Science University of South Africa Economics  
Bachelor of Law University of South Africa    
Master of Laws University of South Africa    
Bachelor of Administration University of South Africa    
Bachelor of Education University of South Africa    
Honorary Degrees
Type Institution Year
Honorary Doctor of Laws University of Ahmadou Bello, Nigeria  
Honorary Doctor of Laws University of Zimbabwe  
Honorary Doctor of Laws University of Edinburgh  
Honorary Doctor of Laws University of Massachusetts, United States of America  
Honorary Doctor of Laws University of Michigan State, United States of America  
Honorary Doctor of Laws University of Morehouse  
Honorary Doctor of Laws College of St Augustines  
Honorary Doctor of Laws University of Moscow  
Honorary Doctor of Literature and Philosophy    
Honorary Doctor of Laws University of Solusi  
Honorary Doctor of Commerce University of Fort Hare  
Honorary Technical Doctorate    
Honorary Doctor of Literature/Letters University of Africa  
Honorary Doctor of Civil Law    
Honorary Technical Doctorate    

Position Organisation Place Appointed Concluded
Executive President Zimbabwe   1987  
President Zimbabwe African National Union Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF)   1977  
Chairman Organisation of African Unity   1997  
First Chairman SADC Organisation on Defence, Politics and Security   1996 2001
Chairman World Solar Commission   1995  
Chairman G15 Group of Countries   1995  
Chairman Frontline States   1992  
Chairman CHOGM   1991 1994
Chairman 101 Strong Non-Aligned Movement   1986  
Other Positions
Position Organisation Place Appointed Concluded
Minister Defence and Public Service   1980 1984
Prime Minister Zimbabwe   1980 1987
Leader ZANU Delegation to London Lancaster House Conference paving way for first democratic elections   1979  
Secretary General ZANU   1963 1963
Co-Founder Zimbabwe African People's Union   1961  
Secretary General Zimbabwe African National Union   1961 1963
Lecturer St Mary's Teacher Training College Takoradi, Ghana 1958 1960
Lecturer Chalimbana Teacher Training College Zambia 1955 1958
Teacher Various schools in Zimbabwe   1952 1955
Teacher Various schools in Zimbabwe   1942 1949
First Secretary Zimbabwe African National Union Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF)      
Editor The Democratic Voice (later renamed The People's Voice), NDP's mouthpiece      
Community Activities
Position Community / Non-Profit Organisation Place Appointed Concluded
He joined politics while still at University Southern Rhodesia African National Congress      
Voluntary Activities
Position Organisation / Club Place Appointed Concluded
Elected President ZANU   1977  
Joined politics while still at University Southern Rhodesia African National Congress      
Joined Southern Rhodesia African National Congress Fort Hare, Eastern Cape    
Career Related Activities
Activity Institution Place Appointed Concluded
Host World Solar Summit Zimbabwe 1996  
Host Commonwealth Summit Zimbabwe 1991  
Host 101 Strong Non-Aligned Movement Zimbabwe 1986  

Noteworthy Events
Noteworthy Events
He was elected President of ZANU in 1977.
He started his political career by joining Southern Rhodesia African National Congress whilst still at Fort Hare University.
He was elected chairman at the inaugural congress of the National Democratic Party in 1960.
He was detained between December 1963 and March 1964.
He was imprisoned in August 1964 until December 1974. In 1975 he escaped from Rhodesia into Mozambique to re-activate the armed liberation struggle.
He was the co-founder of the Zimbabwe African People's Union in 1961.
He was the founder member and Secretary-General of the Zimbabwe African National Union in 1963.
He was the editor for 'The Democratic Voice' (later renamed 'The People's Voice'), which was the National Democratic Party's mouthpiece.
He led the ZANU delegation to London Lancaster House Conference in 1979, which ended a 15-year conflict. This paved the way for the first democratic elections in March and the majority rule on 18th April 1980.
He was elected ZANU President in 1977, and re-elected in 1984, 1989, and 1994.
He formed the Government of National Unity in 1980, drawing it's members from all major political parties of the 15-year conflict.
He led the Zimbabwe African National Liberation Army (ZANLA), the armed wing of ZANU, in 1975. He was the joint leader (with Joshua Nkomo) of the Patriotic Front in 1976. He attended the following conferences: Geneva Constitutional Conference on Rhodesia (1976), Malta Conference (1978), Lancaster House Conference (1979).

Award Granting Body Place Year
Order of Jamaica     1996
Olympic Order of Gold for eminent contribution to Olympic Ideals     1995
The Jawaharlal Nehru Award     1989
Africa Prize for Leadership for the sustainable end of hunger Hunger Project US   1988
Contact Details
Postal Address Telephone Facsimile E-mail Address
c/o Office of the President Pvt Bag 7700 Causeway, Harare Zimbabwe 09263 470-7091/8

Key dates since 1980

Key dates since 1980
29/03/2005 13:27  - (SA)  

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe is pictured in this file photo during the 4th National People's Congress in Harare, December 2 2004. (AFP)



Harare - Here are the key dates since Zimbabwe gained independence in 1980:


  • April 18, 1980: Rhodesia gains independence after 90 years as a British colony, taking the new name Zimbabwe. The 1972-1979 war of independence between nationalist blacks and the minority white regime led by Ian Smith leaves 27 000 dead. Robert Mugabe, head of Zimbabwe African National Union (Zanu), takes power as prime minister. Joshua Nkomo, head of the Zimbabwe African Peoples Union (Zapu), Mugabe's partner in the armed struggle, becomes minister of the interior.


  • Feb 17, 1982: Nkomo, accused of plotting a coup, is dismissed. Armed resistance in his stronghold of Matabeleland, in the west, is met with bloody government repression. At least 20 000 die in the ensuring massacres.


  • Dec 30, 1987: Mugabe becomes head of state after reforming the constitution to usher in a presidential regime.


  • Dec 19, 1989: The two rival movements merge under the name Zanu-Patriotic Front (Zanu-PF).


  • March 16-17, 1996: Mugabe is re-elected with 92.7% of the vote but the results are contested by the opposition.


  • Dec 9, 1997: A national strike paralyses the country. Bowing to growing demonstrations, the government gives up plans for new taxes to finance the pensions of former fighters.


  • Aug 20, 1998: The country intervenes in the Democratic Republic of Congo to support the regime against a rebellion. The last Zimbabwean soldiers withdraw at the end of 2002.


  • Sept 11, 1999: The opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) is officially formed.


  • Feb 12-13, 2000: In a public repudiation of Mugabe's designs on expanding his presidential powers and expropriating white-owned farms, Zimbabweans defeat his proposed new constitution by 54.6% in a referendum.


  • Feb 28, 2000: Hundreds of white-owned farms are seized by squatters and pro-Mugabe war veterans in a violent campaign to reclaim what they said had been stolen from them by colonial settlers.


  • June 24-25, 2000: In parliamentary elections the Zanu-PF barely keeps its hold on power against the MDC after a campaign closely linked to land disputes left dead some 30 people, mainly members of the MDC. Due to the elections, the Zanu-PF loses its power to change the constitution.


  • Oct 16-19, 2000: Violent demonstrations break out in Harare suburbs after bread prices are raised by 30%.


  • March 9-11, 2002: Mugabe re-elected president in a poll marked by violence and denounced as rigged by most international observers. Sanctions are imposed on Mugabe and his entourage by western authorities.


  • Dec 7, 2003: The Commonwealth extends Zimbabwe's suspension, imposed in 2002. Mugabe announces the country's withdrawal from the organization.


  • March 7, 2004: 70 suspected mercenaries are arrested on charges of plotting a coup in oil-rich Equatorial Guinea.


  • Oct 15, 2004: MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai is cleared by the High Court of charges of plotting to kill Mugabe.


  • Dec 11, 2004: the MDC issues a catalogue of alleged human rights abuses it said were perpetrated against its members in 2004 by ruling party supporters and state agents.


  • Feb 19, 2005: Zimbabwe's Information Minister Jonathan Moyo is sacked after registering as an independent candidate in parliamentary elections.


  • Feb 21 and March 2, 2005: The European Union and the United States extend sanctions.

4 posted on 03/22/2006 1:09:51 AM PST by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2008: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: Stoat

Zimbabwe was infinently better off under British rule.

Members of third world nations seem to be unable to govern themselves. I guess that is why they are third world nations.

5 posted on 03/22/2006 7:59:28 AM PST by Supernatural (Ea wull staun ma groon, Staun ma groon al nae be afraid)
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