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  1. Wow, we’re only ‘satisfactory’ and I though we had very free press. Beaten hands down by UK, Scandinavia,Canada and New Zealand – oh the shame! I can understand boycotting sports events held in Zimbabwe, it’s a dangerous place but to ban visiting sports people is just silly and hypocritical in my view. I know of some people who refuse to attend the Olympic games on humanitarian grounds but we still persist in bolstering their development with resources because its self serving. (And driving up inflation I might add!) Good point Ian.

  2. From the RSF Annual Report:

    “During the legislative election campaign, the Australia’s Right to Know coalition showed that a lot of news and information was not accessible to the press and public and that this right was obstructed by at least 1,500 legal decrees and rulings. One of the leaders of the campaign, John Hartigan, chairman and CEO of News Limited, said that journalists working for his group had been banned from: accessing information in an audit of politicians’ expenses; obtaining a list of restaurants against which public health authorities had taken action; and accessing ranking of hospitals according to the quality of care. A few days after his election, Labor Party leader, Kevin Rudd promised concrete improvements in access to public information.

    Lack of rights for journalists to protect sources was demonstrated in June 2007 when two journalists working for the The West Australian in Perth were threatened with prison unless they revealed how they had obtained a confidential report of an anti-corruption commission which the newspaper had used to point the finger at a political figure”.

    Young Kevin has some work to do!

  3. Ian I have said for months that if Zimbabwe were an oil rich country our armed forces would have been there immediately the goon (Mugabe) first raised his voice.If the powers that be were really interested in the country and the plight of its people Mugabe would have been taken out a long time ago.

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