Name: Lawyers Want Zimbabwe Publishers Freed

Date:  1995 - 2005

Location:  Africa

SubjectPolitical/Economic/Social Opinion

MediumPrint Journalism

Artist: Directors of the Associated Newspapers Zimbabwe

Confronting Bodies: Robert Mugabe's government and its apppointed media commission

Date of Action: October 2003

Specific Location: Harare, Zimbabwe, Africa

Description of Artwork: The Daily News is Zimbabwe's only independent newspaper. It has been critical of President Mugabe throughout his 23-year rule.

Description of Incident: The Associated Newspapers Zimbabwe Executive Director, Sam Sipepa Nkomo, and three other company directors were arrested and detained on accusations that they published without a license. The newspaper's offices were raided shortly after the Administrative Court authorized the paper to publish in response to a prior denial to publish handed down by the government's media commission. The Administrative Court called the commission's decision "improperly unconstituted."

Results of Incident: The government will appeal the Administrative Court's ruling.


Submitted By: NCAC

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