Zimbabwe Urged to Respect Right to Freedom After the Speech

A long-running gag says "in Zimbabwe there is freedom of speech, but no freedom after the speech". But for journalists and activists who have been forced to endure nights in the country's overcrowded and filthy holding cells, this is no laughing matter as prison inmates have no personal protective equipment to guard against Covid-19," Ignatius Banda writes for IPS. From opposition politiciansactivists to journalists, the government of President Emmerson Mnangagwa's government has been accused of suppressing dissent and increasing misinformation during the Covid-19 pandemic. The government however still insists the law has been fairly applied, that Zimbabwe is peaceful and that citizens are free to go about their business as usual, within boundaries set by the lockdown regulations.

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