Rights group, Amnesty International, says the Zimbabwean government's continuing stranglehold on community radio in the country is stifling media expression.
In a press statement, the organisation’s director for Southern Africa, Deprose Muchena argues that, "Despite promises and laws enacted more than 14 years ago to free up the airwaves for much needed community radio services, the government of Zimbabwe has failed to deliver on its promises and commitments.”
Muchena states that not only government supporters been the only ones to receive licences, but those attempting to set up independent services have been arrested and targeted simply for trying to educate, inform and offer a platform for debate.
Muchena’s comments accompany the organisation’s report entitled ‘Beyond Tokenism - The Need to License Community Radio in Zimbabwe’.
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