Three waves of media repression in Zimbabwe

Ndlovu, E 2015, 'Three waves of media repression in Zimbabwe' , African Journalism Studies, 36 (2) , pp. 25-44.

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Abstract

This article seeks to highlight how the media – especially radio – have always been used in Zimbabwe to consolidate the power of the government. This invariably led to oppositional media emerging from outside the country, giving the populace access to alternative discourses from those churned out by state media. The response to the alternative media run by blacks led the Southern Rhodesian and Rhodesian regimes to come up with repressive legislation that criminalised these media. After independence the state media embarked on consolidating the status quo and eliminating some sectors of the community from coverage – a repeat of the past. Legislation inherited from Rhodesia continued to be used in independent Zimbabwe, where the criminalisation of alternative voices and limitations in access to alternative media are predominant. Such a scenario reveals that there have been three waves of media repression in Zimbabwe, from Southern Rhodesia to Rhodesia and then to independent Zimbabwe, to deny the media their independence.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Arts & Media
Journal or Publication Title: African Journalism Studies
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 2374-3670
Depositing User: WM Taylor
Date Deposited: 23 Dec 2016 13:04
Last Modified: 23 Dec 2016 13:04
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/41087

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