Freedom of Expression Tracker: Legislated

Legislated – This relates to all aspects of the legislative process and the application of common law. It includes instances where official proposals are made for new laws, legislation is passed, laws are amended or struck down either in Parliament or by the courts and civil litigation is instituted against media. The statistic represents the number of incidents reported.


The case in point arose from a story published by NewsDay titled: CIO “secretly” get bonuses. On 6 January 2016, NewsDay reported that the government had last year ‘quietly’ paid CIO operatives their annual bonuses despite postponing, several times, paying the salaries of civil servants.


The Post and Daily Nation proprietors have previously attacked each other through their editorials with various assertions against the other.



In this matter, MISA-Zimbabwe is the first applicant while journalists Nqaba Matshazi, Sydney Saize and Godwin Mangudya, are the second, third and fourth respective applicants in the matter. The fifth applicant is Roger Deane Stringer, an independent publishing consultant. The Attorney-General Prince Machaya and the Ministry of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs represented by Vice ...


Baba Jukwa is a self-given nickname for a Zimbabwean political online blogger. Most of his writings are brought out via his Facebook page, which boasts over 400,000 followers. According to information in the mainstream media and Baba Jukwa's page, the main purpose of the blog is to protect the public by pre-empting some secretive operations by the ruling party, including murder, ...


Dutch-headquartered communications firm VimpelCom owns 60 percent of Telecel with the remaining 40 percent being controlled by Empowerment Corporation (EC), a local consortium. In January this year, Telecel came under fire over failure to comply with local empowerment laws which require a ceding of 51% shareholdings to locals. In August, 2013 POTRAZ renewed the mobile companys’ licence ...


A constitutional court appeal has been filed by MISA-Zimbabwe seeking the nullification of the criminal defamation law. The argument is that Section 96 of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act (Chapter 9:23) is unconstitutional as it does not comply with Sections 61 and 62 of the new constitution passed in 2013.


There has been an increase in police crackdown on journalists in the months prior to this incident. An Alpha Media Holdings online reporter, Tapiwa Zivira was assaulted and detained for four hours by Harare police for recording a video of police beating up touts and bystanders during an operation to arraign touts in Harare’s central business district. Previously The Zimbabwe Mail photographer ...


Nthebolan has also sued The Botswana Guardian newspaper for P1 million in damages.The case has been postponed to allow Nthebolan some time  gather information and develop her strategy. The case is almost identical to the DPC case.


Edmund Kudzayi, editor for The Sunday Mail was arrested at his lawyer's office on June 19th 2014. The arrest was a result of publications produced by Kudzayi.