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Bill Curbing Media Freedom Put on Hold

January 16, 2002|From Times Wire Reports

Zimbabwe's parliament dropped a much criticized bill curbing media freedom from its business after an advisory committee found serious problems with some clauses, the opposition Movement for Democratic Change said.

But the delay did not seem to indicate that President Robert Mugabe had shelved a plan to ban foreign journalists and outlaw any reporting deemed to sow "alarm and despondency."

"The Access to Information and Privacy Bill is not on the order paper today," MDC spokesman Learnmore Jongwe said in the capital, Harare.

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