Mia Mottley Cheers As Zimbabwe Police Raid Opposition, Round Up Unlicenced Journalists At Hotels

HARARE, Zimbabwe — There are reports from Zimbabwe that President Robert Mugabe’s government raided the offices of the main opposition movement and rounded up foreign journalists — leading to fears he may use intimidation and violence to keep his grip on power.

Witnesses say police raided a hotel used by the opposition Movement for Democratic Change and ransacked some of the rooms.

Riot police also surrounded another hotel housing foreign journalists and took away several of them, according to a man who answered the phone there.

The CBC and The Globe and Mail both have reporters in Harare to cover the election.

But both news organizations told The Canadian Press their reporters were not at the hotel that was raided and are safe.

… continue reading the Winnipeg Sun (link here)

Foreign journalists charged in Zimbabwe: police

The Zimbabwean authorities have charged two foreign journalists arrested in Harare with breaching the country’s tough media laws by reporting without accreditation, police said Friday.

New York Times correspondent Barry Bearak, 58, and a 45-year-old journalist from Britain, were among four people picked up Thursday by police at a Harare guest house.

“They have both been charged for practising without accreditation but the other two will be released soon after screening,” national police spokesman Wayne Bvudzijena told AFP.

“We have so many other foreign journalists who have followed the laid-down procedures and are practising legally and here we have two people who thought they were a law unto themselves,” Bvudzijena said.

There was no information on the identity of the other two journalists detained.

… continue reading at All Africa (link here)

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18 responses to “Mia Mottley Cheers As Zimbabwe Police Raid Opposition, Round Up Unlicenced Journalists At Hotels

  1. Carlos Chase

    The usual idiotic comments from Barbados Free Press.

    This blog will never achieve respect as long as you garnish genuine news stories with blatant politically motivated falsehoods.

    And you talk about integrity!

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    BFP says,

    Good morning, Mr. Chase.

    Analysis of your pattern of comments reveals that your purpose is to dis and disrupt while contributing little to the discussion by way of ideas.

    Should you continue to be disruptive as opposed to having contrary opinions we shall be forced to ask you to leave the community. You are new here and are acting like a bully.

    Make your decision Sir.

  2. Fatpork

    I have been reading your blog for some time now and only recently decided to post, but I have not been as disturbed as I have been recently when Carlos Chase began his insulting remarks. I believe in the freedom of expression, thought and opinion as a fundamental human rights but I do not believe this expression should be accompanied by violating another human’s rights in that he does not “with reason and conscience, act in a spirit of brotherhood”. His opinion is valued but need not be accompanied by the constant insults and references to fellow bloggers as ‘fool’, ‘joker’, ‘idiot’. This is totally uncalled for.

    It is standard to challenge others’ views but not to stoop to his level. It makes one think that he is the fool, bearing in mind the words of Plato “wise men speak because they have something to say; fools because they have to say something”. Furthermore that old proverb “he who knows not, and knows not he knows not is a fool – shun him”. You need to rein him in before he disturbs the hitherto fairly civilised discussions of bloggers with his stimulating commentary made foolish with insults.

  3. Wishing in Vain

    Very well said Fatpork, I find these rants to be annoying and abrasive.

    To this Carlos (I would suggest AKA Noel Blarney Lynch but I understand that he is too busy seeing after his investments to have time for good old Bajan blogs) thing I find your comments unworthy of reading as you seem to have such a pent up fear and hatred it is very sad for you to refer to Mr Loveridge as a f0ol is but one example of your uncoth manner.

    You seem not to be able to handle those thoughts that are at variance with yours and end up saying the most disgusting things, please grow up and realise that your thoughts or wishes are not the only ones to be heard.

    Further to that please realise that your party lost power on the 15 th of Jan and you no longer are running things, you were defeated because of your dishonesty, your arrogance and you stealing, get over it my friend, get over it.

  4. Tell me Why

    I agree with Carlos on this one. Not only this headline is warped with sensationalism, but the inclusion of the two politicians have nothing to relate them with what is happening in Zimbabwe.

    Since gaining independence in 1966, Barbados stands out with free and fair elections. During electioneering, I never heard about threats or physical fights at political meetings, as a matter of fact, the first ever threat was made by Professor Marshall in the run up to the January 15, 2008 elections.

    Please tell the public BFP, the occasion when a Barbadian government ever lost power and behave like the Mugabe government?

  5. Donald Duck, Esq

    Where has ms mottley said anything about the raid on the zimbabwe opposition office? In fact the silence of the Government on the matter is more to talk about!!

  6. The Truth

    May be change it put Mia at the back holding up Owen. And change the ships name to the HMS Old Gold.

  7. Rumplestilskin

    And the little despot follows the instructions from his masters to keep the average African in his country at heel and down at heel, instead of ensuring that Zimbabwe and its people develop together with all Africans.

    His masters? Ah……

  8. 79

    I sent two posts on this subject which you refused to published and then had the guts to totally delete them. So much for democracy. And please! Don’t blame spams or cache or cookies. This site is becoming pathetic.

  9. Tell me Why

    Sorry Bfp. I reset my browser which incidentally removed my sign in name.

  10. Tell me Why

    Since I am now able to post, where is my two articles that I submitted earlier.

  11. Wishing in Vain

    The Truth correction it ought to be ESAF SEE THRU Eternal Saviour and Friend is the brand of choice.

  12. Equilibrium

    Mugabe is the clear example of how positive initial stances on development can become overshadowed by one’s overwhelming desire to retain power. Onec the breadbasket of Africa it is now the regional “parrow on the block” thanks to Mugabe’s movement away form his initial progressive stance.

    I am somewhat confused with the heading for this article though…wat is the connection between the situation in Zimbwabe and Mia Mottley?

  13. reality check

    “I am somewhat confused with the heading for this article though…wat is the connection between the situation in Zimbwabe and Mia Mottley?”

    Where have you been? Can you not connect the dots?

    Mia was actively trying to stop free speech through the blogs and was probably active in the order-in-council to snoop on Barbadian Citizens.

    Mia and Mugabe like power so much they are prepared to ignore basic human rights?

  14. Insider

    Mia was actively trying to stop free speech through the blogs and was probably active in the order-in-council to snoop on Barbadian Citizens.

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    free speech or libel?

    order in council? now that is funny

  15. Tony Hall

    BFP,
    Please show me the connection where Mia was gloating because the police raided the offices of the Opposition in Zimbwabe. I am here listening to Brass Tacks Sunday and Ricky Singh just mentioned that the blogs are set up for gossip and making imflamatory comments about persons and parties. I am a bit confused.

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    BFP Says,

    Hi Tony,

    Ever since Mia came out a couple of years ago wanting to ban blogs that weren’t government approved, we have been saying – more tongue in cheek – that she has been cheering on despots all over the world. Much the same as the Owen Arthur photo with Castro that we ran every chance we could because it showed a truth.

    Our newer readers might be confused for a time, but they soon catch on.

    Now that Mugabe has stated this morning that he is “declaring war” over the election results, Shona is doing up a new header cartoon with Mia dressed as a cheerleader yelling “Go, Mugabe, GO!!!”

    All in reference to Mia’s declared commitment to destroying freedom of speech and democracy.

    I hope that clears things up for you.

    Thanks,
    Marcus

    And as far as Ricky Singh is concerned, ask him why the lapdog media remains quiet on the Ronja Juman blank search warrant when a copy of the warrant is posted right here at BFP.

    Ask him why the lapdog media never asked Gline Clarke about building a house for his girlfriend on land that his government expropriated. Also ask Singh why the press won’t ask Clarke where he got the Mercedes and if the person who sold it to him has ever been awarded a government contract.

    The photo of his car and the house are here on BFP

  16. Straight talk

    Citizen journalism discussion ongoing on Brass Tacks Sunday now.

    Check out the censorious mainstream media apologists complaining of our unregulated freedom of speech.

  17. Citizen First

    Quite simply, in my honest a sincere opinion, your sophomoric linking of Mia Mottley to the Zimbabwe issue makes a mockery of any discussion of either Zimbabwe or the influence of blogs.

  18. Tic Tac Toe

    “I am here listening to Brass Tacks Sunday and Ricky Singh just mentioned that the blogs are set up for gossip and making imflamatory comments about persons and parties.”

    That sounds about 100% spot on to me!

    🙂

    Hahaha!