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Media, Public Discourse and Political Contestation in Zimbabwe: Current African Issues 27

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The current situation in Zimbabwe under the ZANU-PF government shows increasing signs of abuse of power by those in political control. They also direct their desire to suppress criticism towards the media. Press organizations in private ownership have been closed down and journalists have been physically harassed, arrested and expelled. Laws are abused to regulate and manipulate public opinion by a policy of banning. Worldwide condemnation of the growing restrictions upon the freedom of expression goes hand in ...

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Overview

The current situation in Zimbabwe under the ZANU-PF government shows increasing signs of abuse of power by those in political control. They also direct their desire to suppress criticism towards the media. Press organizations in private ownership have been closed down and journalists have been physically harassed, arrested and expelled. Laws are abused to regulate and manipulate public opinion by a policy of banning. Worldwide condemnation of the growing restrictions upon the freedom of expression goes hand in hand with the protests inside the country against the growing tendencies of totalitarian rule.

Current events are critically reflected upon and the background to these developments is summarized in this publication. It is based on some of the contributions to a recent conference on Zimbabwe organized by the Nordic Africa Institute and offers insights into the contested space of public opinion in Zimbabwe. The critical analyses of current developments are there-by complemented with particular reference to the media sector in the ongoing battle for hegemonic control over the public sphere.

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Henning Melber is Executive Director of the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation. He was Research Director of the Nordic Africa Institute and co-ordinator of the project “Liberation and Democracy in Southern Africa” (2000–2006) and Director of the Namibian Economic Policy Research Unit (NEPRU) in Windhoek (1992–2000).

Sarah Helen Chiumbu is the current Director of the Media Institute of Southern Africa-Zimbabwe Chapter. Previously she served as the Information Officer for the organization. She is a holder of a Master of Philosophy in Media and Communication Studies from the University of Oslo, Norway, a Post-Graduate Diploma in Media and Communication studies and a Bachelor of Arts in English, French and Psychology from the University of Zimbabwe. Her research interests are in broadcasting, information communication technologies (ICTs) and globalization.

Dumisani Moyo is a Lecturer in the Media and Communication Studies Program (Department of English) at the University of Zimbabwe. He teaches courses in theories of communication, media ethics and global communication issues. He holds an M.Phil. from the University of Oslo and a B.A. Honours from the University of Zimbabwe. He is currently a Research Fellow and a doctoral candidate at the University of Oslo, and is researching on broadcasting regulatory reform and democratization in Southern Africa.

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Table of Contents

Henning Melber Inside the "Third Chimurenga": Media Repression, Manipulation and Hegemony in Zimbabwe - Some Introductory Notes Dumisani Moyo From Rhodesia to Zimbabwe: Change without Change?
Broadcasting Policy Reform and Political Control Sarah Chiumbu Redefining the National Agenda:
Media and Identity - Challenges of Building a New Zimbabwe Bibliography Appendices Resolutions passed by the 53rd General Assembly of the International Press Institute (IPI) in Warsaw/Poland Press Release by the World Association of Newspapers (Paris) June 2, 2004

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