Saturday, March 27, 2010

Media laws reviewed in Zimbabwe

By Ofentse Mokae
27 March 2010


The Zimbabwean government has announced that it is working to reform laws governing the media.

The country’s Finance minister Tendai Biti made the announcement while addressing the Federation of African Journalists' two-day congress in the country’s capital Harare.

According to Biti, a new constitution will get under way next month, in which the right to freedom of expression and freedom of the media will be included.

The government of the country under President Robert Mugabe have placed harsh restrictions on the media since 2002, with the stringent media laws.

Biti says from a legal and operational position, Zimbabwe is lagging behind with regard to media laws.

Work on Zimbabwe's new constitution has stalled since last year, but should soon get well under way with a series of public consultations.

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