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Assault on Media Freedom in Zimbabwe - Savage Attack Against Staff & Newspaper


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LucyKalei
- 4067 days ago - sokwanele.com
2 men delivering 60,000 The Zimbabwean On Sunday badly beaten & left in bush; truck & contents torched. Mugabe's senior henchman, head of JointOperationsCommand responsible for atrocities, blames The Zimbabwean for party's electorate defeat.



   

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Gorilly Girl (339)
Monday May 26, 2008, 1:10 am
Oh this pisses me off all know I hate this Mugabe man if that is what you wanna call him. He is a freak and needs a hollowpoint set right between the eyeballs. He is cruel and so inhumane. Get him out of office NOW. He doesnt deserve to be there look at what he and his followers do..Freaks.

Big Gorilly Hugs
 

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (82)
Monday May 26, 2008, 1:14 am
If you read through to the end of the post, you'll see that you can TAKE ACTION by sponsoring a subscription to the paper -
just follow the link to
{a href="http://http://www.thezimbabwean.co.uk/index.php?option=com_run&file=Subscriptions&Itemid=30"}the subscription page of The Zimbabwean{/a}

The story behind this newspaper is really interesting - it is the only paper in Zimbabwe that is not controled by Mugabe's ruling party :

The Zimbabwean on Sunday was launched in February this year as a sister paper to the popular weekly The Zimbabwean, which since last year has become the largest selling newspaper in Zimbabwe - selling 230,000 copies a week at its peak during the run-up to the landmark 2008 elections. The Zimbabwean on Sunday quickly established a reputation as the country’s leading Sunday paper.

Mugabe’s senior henchman, Emmerson Mnangagwa, recently blamed The Zimbabwean for Zanu (PF)’s electoral defeat. Mnangagwa heads the Joint Operations Command responsible for the atrocities being committed in Zimbabwe since the aged dictator lost the March 29 elections to popular MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai.

The Zimbabwean was established in February 2005 to stand against Mugabe’s media blackout. It exploits a loophole in Zimbabwe’s draconian anti-press legislation by being published and printed in South Africa and trucked into the country.

Despite frequently being harrassed and denounced, until this weekend every issue had made it safely to Harare, from where it was distributed throughout the country and devoured by a population starved of accurate information and fed a daily diet of the coarsest government propaganda.

If this angers you, please note that the subscription page of The Zimbabwean newspaper provides people around the world the option to sponser a subscription for Zimbabweans. There is no better way to stand up to bullies than to do everything you can to ensure the truth continues to be heard! Spread the word.

You can help make a difference… by sponsoring a subscription to The Zimbabwean to an individual or institution of your choice in Zimbabwe for ONLY £2.50 a month (delivery in city centres) or £5.50 a month (postage throughout Zimbabwe).

 

Gorilly Girl (339)
Monday May 26, 2008, 1:18 am
Jill gotta get with my hubby but I want to take action and get subscribtion...Oh yeah..I will do my damndest to help on this shit. God I hate him..Grrrrrrrrr
 

Hans L (958)
Monday May 26, 2008, 1:20 am
Thank you Jill i have just posted this message in Zensur the Censorship
group here in Care2! Mugabe is no better than Hitler was! He will be in power
because the elections are being manipulated and the opposition is being killed! This is bad news and it seemed as if the opposition had made it!
Lets hope that the world will not accept this dictator any longer! And that China will stop the support for him!
 

Gorilly Girl (339)
Monday May 26, 2008, 1:20 am
Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhh you really got me fired up again..ooooooooooo. Let Gorilly get him oh please...Yes Hans just like Hitler he is and doesnt deserve to live another day...Too many good people lost because of this freak.....Grrrrrrrrrrrr

Sorry guys this man just irritates the hell out of me..

Big Gorilly Hugs
 

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (82)
Monday May 26, 2008, 1:23 am
the link to
{a href="http://www.thezimbabwean.co.uk/index.php?option=com_run&file=Subscriptions&Itemid=30"}the subscription page of The Zimbabwean{/a}

 

Past Member (0)
Monday May 26, 2008, 1:38 am

Let's see if I can make that clickable...

The Zimbabwean Subscription Page

Thank you for posting, Jill, and thanks to Stephanie for passing it on.

Noted!
 

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (82)
Monday May 26, 2008, 1:38 am
Thank you, friends, for your comments, supporting democratic change and an end to Mugabe's atrocities & gov't.

You may have noticed that my attempt to turn the "subscription page of The Zimbabwean" into a link has failed twice ! You can get to the link from the article posted, that phrase is a link in the article !
 

Gorilly Girl (339)
Monday May 26, 2008, 1:52 am
Mark you are a whizzzzzzzzzzzzzzz... I have access to it now....Hubby aint gonna be to proud of me but he knows how important this situation is to me.

Big Gorilly Hugs
 

Past Member (0)
Monday May 26, 2008, 2:10 am

Jill, I just sent you a PM about posting clickable links.

For anyone who wants to learn how, instructions can be found here:

Posting Clickable html Links

 

Past Member (0)
Monday May 26, 2008, 2:43 am
Mugabe is one of the meanest dictators in Africa! I think he is allmost as bad as IDI AMIN! But why cannot Switzerland invite him to come and spend his fortune in exile? Like it normally happens with dictators than the people of Zimbabwe would be able to build up the country step by step it will take a generation to get back on track! Horrible! And the world is watching and cannot say : Wir haben es nicht gewusst! Dreckschwein! schleich dich!
 

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (82)
Monday May 26, 2008, 3:05 am
I tried to send you a green star, Mark, in thanks for the clickable links info, but it appears I've sent you one too recently.

So a starless thanks !
 

Past Member (0)
Monday May 26, 2008, 3:08 am
FREE ZIMBABWE! Not just freedom of speech! They should finally be free after all this years! Enough is enough!
 

Past Member (0)
Monday May 26, 2008, 4:10 am

You're very welcome Jill, star or no star. The news stories you post are important to me and to many others who care about the world we live in. If I could send you a green star for every story you post, I would!
 

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (82)
Monday May 26, 2008, 4:23 am
Mugabe has had weeks and weeks to prepare for the run-off (second) election, intimidating the opposition into submission through beatings, burnings, murder and other acts of barbarity. People are actually in hiding. His bloody henchmen come & pick up their victims anywhere any time. They have attacked schools and churches, having a whole congregation imprisoned.

Now he is attacking the one source of opposition news. Will there be anyone left to dare vote against him ?

MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai has just returned to Zimbabwe. One of his first acts was to attend the funeral of Tonderai Ndira, yet another MDC activist to be murdered by Mugabe forces.

From 'This is Zimbabwe' (http://www.sokwanele.com/thisiszimbabwe/)

Tsvangirai in an emotional speech promised that Ndira’s memory would not be betrayed. He said that the murder “was clear testimony of the callousness of the regime” and that the regime would go to any lengths to remain in power. mourners. “They can kill us, they can maim us, but on June 27 we are going to vote this man out. We will not betray the life of Tonderai.”

Just a tragic sampling of the losses inflicted on the DMC :

Sheperd Jani, MDC candidate for Ward 10 in the Murehwa North has been killed. His body was found in the area of the Goromonzi Mountains. 4 men driving a blue twin-cab, registration number AAA 9248 kidnapped Jani, in full view of some of his MDC colleagues. His colleagues tried to save him but the men pulled out guns and threatened to shoot them. The bodies of Cain Nyeve, Godfrey Kauzani, and Tonderai Ndira have been discovered in the same area. Goromonzi district has become a death chamber as Zanu-PF unleashed its campaign of terror.

Mashonaland East Province - More bodies have been found in Uzumba, Mashonaland East Province. Three unidentified bodies, two men and one woman, were found on May 23. The police of Mutawatawa have confirmed the deaths.

Mt Darwin East - Abbia Nyakudya Chaparira, an MDC supporter was murdered on May 10 by Zanu-PF militia. He was buried yesterday.
 

Past Member (0)
Monday May 26, 2008, 4:58 am
?§@°%&/)#Äö?ß&-=/... NOTED! THANK YOU GORILLY...
 

Joycey B (750)
Monday May 26, 2008, 5:29 am
I pray this evil mans reign of terror ends soon. Thanks for the link Mark and for sending this to me. This is front page news. Thanks Mark and Jill.
 

Peace M (185)
Monday May 26, 2008, 5:47 am
Mugabe's time has arrived, it's do or die for him; let's hope it's the latter. Thanx to Jill for posting this important news article and Mark for sending the link along.
Stephanie, all of us here @Care2 are proud of you sister and I for one am pleased to have you on the side of righteousness! Otherwise, if we were on opposing sides I might have nightmares of BIG GORILLIES COMING FOR ME IN THE NIGHT! :O !!
 

Pamela R (159)
Monday May 26, 2008, 7:47 am
May the people of Zimbabwe be freed from Mugabe's regime. Thanks to Jill and Mark for sharing!
 

Past Member (0)
Monday May 26, 2008, 10:27 am
Thank you Jill and all who are sending this along. The tyranny of Mugabe is sick, just sick. We must try and whatever we can. Standing in solidarity
with the people of Zimbabwe in public forums such as this is a start. I signed up at the bottom of the page. I also said that I could help in the form of a website or blog which was an option as well. I'm curious to see what info I get back.
 

Marena Chen (200)
Monday May 26, 2008, 11:58 am
I have commented on this on another thread but I want to add now that If I don't hear from my foster son in Harare every night by 11pm I go nuts. His younger brother and girlfriend who where ambushed and brutalised by Mugabe thugs, are slowly recovering. Someone should have the intestinal fortitude to take that piece of garbage out.That would solve the problem once and for all.
 

Gorilly Girl (339)
Monday May 26, 2008, 12:00 pm
Oh Marena Gorilly so wishes she could go take care of this freak for you...I truley do...Thank goodness they are still alive most are not left this way....

BIG GORILLY HUGS to YOU AND YOUR FAMILY....
 

Past Member (0)
Monday May 26, 2008, 1:02 pm

I am so confused.

I believe that Mugabe is a bad person and should step down.

At the same time, I know that President Bush has ordered the torture and killing of civilians, many of whom were known to be innocent. There was a bountry program in Afghanistan, for example, where large rewards were offered and poor, desperate people turned in their enemies as "terrorists" just for the reward, when there was no terrorism or links to terrorism involved.

Mugabe has destroyed Zimbabwe's economy with over a million percent inflation. But the U.S. is trillions of dollars in debt, which is the only thing that prevents inflation here as the dollar has plummeted in value with respect to other currencies.

Mugabe does not provide for his people. Bush outsources our jobs and cuts social programs. He has even cut services to the troops he sent to fight his war crimes.

I do not doubt for a minute that Mugabe is a bad guy and should step down. Nor do I doubt for a minute that Bush is a bad guy and should step down. They both run rigged elections.

What confuses me is when I hear Mugabe referred to as a Communist dictator. Does that mean that he is a truly good person like Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez? I don't believe that at all. So why are they all called the same thing?

It also bothers me that the U.S. supports the opposition. The U.S. has supported every fascist dictator in the world--could it be that the opposition is even worse than Mugabe? If not, why would they have U.S. support?

I understand that the fight is over resources. I understand that Mugabe is a bad guy. What confuses me is that I can't find any good guys, and that the corporate media is vilifying Mugabe by calling him the same names that they call good guys like Castro and Chavez.

Sometimes...sometimes....sometimes I wonder if, apart from my real life friends and my Care2 friends, if there are any good guys.....

I hope your foster son and his family will be safe, Marena. I hope that there will be some way for the violence to stop. I hope Mugabe will step down or be taken out. But most of all I hope that his replacement will be better and not worse. Perhaps that is too much to hope for....
 

Gorilly Girl (339)
Monday May 26, 2008, 1:06 pm
There is no diffrence between Mugabe and Bush they are one and the same....Just diffrent modes of things being done...Grrrrrrrrr
 

Past Member (0)
Monday May 26, 2008, 1:28 pm
Just different heads from the same body... thanks Jill and all
 

. (0)
Monday May 26, 2008, 2:40 pm
Mark I agree with what you say 100%. This inhumane man needs to be taken outno doubt about it. For yes its going to take years here to get our Country back if that ever happens for I trust none of the goverment they are full of lie's and deciet. Yes this angers me to see innocent people live's taken, this man did not win, there's one way to fix it a good bullett right between the eyes this will do it. Why no one has not do it yet I don't know. But as you said there are people payed every day to do these kind of things so I will not be suprised when it happens for people this evil do not last as long as they think they can. Thank Jill for this and thank you Stephine for fowarding to me. noted
 

Suzanne B (22)
Monday May 26, 2008, 3:54 pm
Mark,

I completely understand your confusion. I even hear Chavez referred to as a "crazy man" on progressive stations. So I'd dig deeper into this guy if he is referred to as a Communist dictator. We certainly know some very good humans referred to like that!

It is a seriously confusing world, full of contradictions and propaganda. It is sometimes hard to know.

Except VOTE NO on Proposition 98! (yes on 99) That I know is a fraud. It will hurt renters and other low and middle income people. The ads on t.v. are insidious.

Suzanne
 

Past Member (0)
Monday May 26, 2008, 4:32 pm

I don't watch TV and I don't vote. Propositions can be struck down by the courts on technicalities, overridden by legislation, or vetoed. I see them a membership and fundraising method used by various organizations, a means of dividing people, and another distraction to make people think that they might actually have a voice in government when they don't.

Just imagine Mugabe putting a proposition on the ballot. He already knows what he wants, so if the people vote for it, it becomes law, but if the people don't vote for it, it becomes law anyway. It's like a family with an authoritarian father and only one TV, asking the kids what they'd like to watch. Daddy's going to watch the game, so if they say they want to watch the game, they think they had a voice in the decision. If they say they'd rather watch cartoons, they're going to be very disappointed. :)

 

Marian E (152)
Monday May 26, 2008, 11:27 pm

Well done Mark, but be careful, not everyone understands that anyone we aren't supposed to like becomes a Communist and those we are supposed to support are living in Democracies and that it really is just all propaganda.

Thank you Jill.
 

Rob M (536)
Monday May 26, 2008, 11:55 pm
hey yall, with recent graduate school work mostly done & still stuff to work on, i don't have time to read the whole forum here, but I do have a question:
--What do folks see as the best option we have as far as citizen/activists, e.g. would you stick to Amnesty's sites for letter/email writing, or is there other NGO/activist org's that seem to get more publicity & pressure on these events/leaders?
One reason I ask is that during my current grad-school years, I've been waaaaay low on time for the type of activism/social justice org's that i'd normally like to keep up with & support.
Thanx,
r0b
=][=
 

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (82)
Tuesday May 27, 2008, 12:30 am

I have never heard Mugabe referred to as a Communist, but I usually read the Guardian, The Independent and especially, for Zimbabwe news, 'This is Zimbabwe' (http://www.sokwanele.com/thisiszimbabwe/). Perhaps it is because China is an ally of his that it has been assumed that he shares communist policy with them. Which media call him a communist ?

As for this question, Mark: "It also bothers me that the U.S. supports the opposition. The U.S. has supported every fascist dictator in the world--could it be that the opposition is even worse than Mugabe? If not, why would they have U.S. support?" -

sometimes certain right-wing or other dictatorships supported by the US become liabilities and the US has to withdraw their support and start finding other leaders to back.

I think Mugabe has become an enormous liability. Perhaps because his policies have left the economy in ruins. I think he is just too crazy for alliances, which require stability in an ally; stability for economic investments,but political stability, too.

..or perhaps because China supports him. If the US wants to have a presence in Africa and China has already succeeded in forging bonds with certain African leaders, the US necessarily has to support different ones. It is probably a lucky stroke for the MDC that the US has to find an anti-China stance. It has more to do with foreign policy & competition for influence than the instrinsic value of whoever is getting backed, so it doesn't mean that the MDC are not democrats and don't truly have the welfare of the people of Zimbabwe at heart.

It doesn't necessarily mean that the opposition is worse than Mugabe. (Equally bad would be terrible enough !)

 

JustaHuman Here (53)
Tuesday May 27, 2008, 4:36 am
With the years of News about Afrika I got the impression that although these leaders pretend to be modern with democracy, the old primitive tribal behavior is still more than alive. And we also can see that it is not only leaders being that way.
 

Margaret P (76)
Tuesday May 27, 2008, 7:40 am
Shades of Idi Amin Dada? There are far too many atrocities going on in Africa. Darfur is still haunting. Noted and action taken.......
 

Teresa Soares (82)
Tuesday May 27, 2008, 12:37 pm
Unfortunately democry don´t means the same thing in United Sattaes or Europe and in Africa. Democracy ends where the "soba" power begins. Mugabe is a horrible "soba". His last attidude, ejecting jounalists from Zimbawe is only and more an example. What can the occident do, when it is governed, in some countries, by other kind of "sobas" looking for money interests, linked to Mugabe Supporters? It is a very difficult problem, indeed...
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday May 27, 2008, 2:09 pm

What language is "soba," Maria? I like that word. It reminds me of the English abbreviation SOB.

 

Teresa Soares (82)
Wednesday May 28, 2008, 12:38 am
" Soba" is a kind of chief. A big local chief, indeed, with a lot of power and strongly repected by the other people in his land - and we know how some African countries ate really large! In this moment tthese local powers remain. The models of occidental democracy don´t mena anything for these men.
I was born in Africa, Angola, Bongo - Lepi, where later was the political Unita basis. My grandfather was a typical colonialist, owner of a great farm, but it was repected by the local "soba", a word ok Kimbundo language, a native language. What means SOB in english?...
 

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (82)
Wednesday May 28, 2008, 1:46 am
Shall I let Mark answer that one ?
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday May 28, 2008, 1:50 am

Thanks, Maria. In English SOB stands for son of a (sexist expletive starting with "b" deleted).

 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday May 28, 2008, 1:53 am

I did answer it, but got a blank page and my comment disappeared. It might reappear, but I'll try again anyway.

There is a bad word in English that starts with a "b" and is also used to refer to a female dog, and SOB stands for son of a b****.

Thanks for explaining soba, Maria. I'd never heard of Kimbundo before.
 

Mick Gill (119)
Wednesday May 28, 2008, 8:12 am
sobber? are you soba lol
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday May 28, 2008, 1:31 pm

Rob, there are many good organizations. Amnesty's letter writing does take time, but it is effective. Human Rights Watch is another good one. An easy one for people without time is:

Survival International

You click on the tribe you want to send a letter for, they send you an email with the letter attached as a .pdf, you download the letter and print it out, sign it, address an envelope, mail it, and then click the link in your email to let them know you mailed it so that they can send you updates. I keep some $0.94 stamps on hand so that I don't have to keep going to the post office.
 

Gorilly Girl (339)
Wednesday May 28, 2008, 2:01 pm
Mark you ahould have let me awnser the question for Maria...All know I give it too you plain as day....LOL Yes I am back and feeling better now lets all go get this Mugabe dude he has a Bass-Kicking in store....

Big Gorilly Hugs
 
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