SHAME ! Kenyan spindoctor
exports free-media-muzzling tricks to Zimbabwe and urges
state-writes to help dictator back into the saddle !!!
ZEC. Bars Journalits From The Private Media
Saturday, 08 March 2008
BULAWAYO - The impartiality of the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC)
was in doubt on Tuesday, when officials from the body barred
journalists from the private media from attending an
The one-day training workshop, held at the Bulawayo Rainbow Hotel,
was titled The Role of the Media during Elections and was led by
Kenya-born Ngugi wa Mirii.
It was attended by 15 journalists from the State media, including
reporters from The Chronicle, Sunday News, New Ziana and the
Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC).
However, when journalists from The Zimbabwean and The Standard
attempted to attend, ZEC officials said they were not welcome
because the publications had been writing negative stories about
the Commission’s preparations for the March 29 elections.
State journalists who attended the workshop said wa Mirii had
urged attendees to be patriotic towards the Robert Mugabe-led
“He also said the Zimbabwean private media falsely claim that
there is no press freedom to seek foreign funding, among other
incentives, from the western world,” said one journalist.
The ZEC was instrumental in shutting down five independent
newspapers over the past three years, including the Daily News and
the Daily News on Sunday.
Last week, The Zimbawean reported that ZEC voter educators,
wearing Commission jackets, were touring the Queenspark Suburb of
Bulawayo telling to vote wisely by voting for President Mugabe.
No comment could be obtained from ZEC spokesperson Shupikai