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Police Block March by Journalists

February 04, 2001|From Times Wire Reports

Hundreds of armed riot police sealed off a street in downtown Harare, Zimbabwe's capital, and forced journalists to cancel a march against state harassment.

In recent weeks, government officials have described the independent press as a threat to national security, and the printing press of the independent Daily News was seriously damaged by explosives last Sunday.

About 200 journalists had gathered at the national press club for the march when police sealed off the road outside. The police said they had orders to stop the gathering.

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