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Top Court Limits Law on Media

May 08, 2003|From Times Wire Reports

Zimbabwe's highest court struck down sections of tough media legislation that had made it an offense to publish "falsehoods." Government lawyers acknowledged that the provisions violated the constitutional protection of freedom of expression and planned an amendment to bar "falsehoods" spread out of malice or recklessness.

The law took effect shortly after President Robert Mugabe was reelected in 2002 amid allegations of fraud. Mugabe accuses independent local and foreign media of backing the opposition.

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