Philimon Bulawayo | Reuters

In Zimbabwe, deteriorating press and political freedom

What you need to know:

  • In recent years, there have been numerous reports of violence against journalists, fire-bombings of offices of media outlets and intrusion by security services.
  • Colonial-era laws give the government a lot of power.

The Zimbabwe Constitution guarantees freedom of expression, but there is a dearth of laws that give effect to that and, since independence in 1980, there has been a general disregard of those liberties.

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