Zimbabwe: Ongoing clampdown on community radio stifles freedom of expression

| May 25, 2015

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According to a recent report by Amnesty International, the Zimbabwean government continues to stifle freedom of expression.

The report criticized the government policy of issuing broadcasting licences only to commercial operators with links to state-owned or government-tied companies. At least 28 independent community radio initiatives are waiting for licenses.

Deprose Muchena is Amnesty International’s Director for Southern Africa. He says: “Despite promises and laws enacted more than 14 years ago to free up the airwaves … the government of Zimbabwe has failed to deliver on its promises and commitments … Those attempting to set up independent services have been arrested and targeted simply for trying to educate, inform and offer a platform for debate.”

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Photo: A volunteer having a feel of the new studio equipment for Zongwe FM. Credit: Panos Institute Southern Africa