New York, January 20, 2010—Freelance journalist Stanley Kwenda, left, a contributor to the private weekly The Zimbabwean, fled the country on Friday after he said he received a telephone threat from a high-ranking police officer, according to the paper’s editor, Wilf Mbanga.
Some Zimbabwean journalists say 2003 was the most repressive year for independent journalists. Others claim it was 2008. But no one is yet claiming it was 2009 after a recent series of positive developments for the country's media.
The Hong Kong police announced on Monday they would
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New York, May 27, 2008--CPJ condemns the beating of distributors for private weekly The Zimbabwean on Sunday last week. Unknown assailants hijacked and burned down the distributors' truck, which was carrying 60,000 copies of the paper. "Attacking these media workers and burning newspapers is nothing but brutal censorship of one of the country's last remaining independent news outlets," said CPJ's Africa Program Coordinator, Tom Rhodes. "We encourage the police, who have already opened an investigation into this attack, to find those responsible and bring them to justice as soon as possible in order to send a signal that violence against the press will not be tolerated."