The “new Zimbabwe” needs concrete action, RSF tells Mnangagwa

first_imgSince Mnangagwa, Mugabe’s former right-hand man, seized power nine months ago, press freedom violations have declined but there are still too many cases of violence against journalists and at least four reporters were physically attacked the day after the 31 July general elections. Those responsible for the violence include members of the security forces, political party activists and sometimes even senior government officials, as RSF noted in June, when a government minister threatened to beat a journalist during a live broadcast from radio SFM’s studio. The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa November 12, 2020 Find out more Receive email alerts Read the letter to President Mnangagwa here Related documents rsfs_open_letter_to_president_mnangagwa.pdfPDF – 64.41 KB News RSF also urges Mnangagwa to overhaul legislation that oppresses journalists, transform the state-owned media into public service media and open up broadcasting to private sector entrepreneurs and journalists from outside the government’s immediate circle. News Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa speaks during the Defence Forces Day celebrations held at the National Sports Stadium in Harare on August 14, 2018. Jekesai NJIKIZANA / AFP Zimbabwean journalist Hopewell Chin’ono denied bail Reports September 1, 2020 Find out more ZimbabweAfrica Protecting journalists ImpunityViolenceFreedom of expression The letter calls on President Mnangagwa, who often refers to “democracy,” to end the impunity that those responsible for violence against journalists and media outlets enjoyed under the regime led by his predecessor, Robert Mugabe, regarded by RSF as one of Africa’s worst predators of press freedom. Zimbabwean court must free imprisoned journalist who is unwell September 3, 2018 The “new Zimbabwe” needs concrete action, RSF tells Mnangagwa News RSF_en Organisation November 27, 2020 Find out more to go further Follow the news on Zimbabwe In an open letter to Zimbabwe’s president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, in the wake of his swearing-in ceremony on 26 August, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has asked him to translate his promises of press freedom into concrete action. Help by sharing this information ZimbabweAfrica Protecting journalists ImpunityViolenceFreedom of expression last_img

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