So, we’re also shocked by Econet’s move to gag Alpha Media and its partners over stories Econet deems defamatory. We’re shocked because we didn’t expect this from Econet of all companies. And we’re also shocked because, whatever Econet articles were written by Alpha Media, we somehow didn’t see the defamatory side of the story. We don’t even remember which articles these were, save for one by the Zimbabwe Independent about shareholder activism. We didn’t find it particularly defamatory, but we’re not Econet so…
A statement we encountered today which is attributed to the Voluntary Media Council of Zimbabwe, describes this unfortunate development accurately:
…the High Court application looks like an attempt to block the publication of information of public interest. The media watchdog said Econet itself lobbied under Section 20 of Zimbabwe’s Constitution, which guarantees freedom of expression and access to information, to establish itself, but seems now to be trampling on that right.
And as for the collective gagging that is targeting Alpha Media’s web hosting supplier, Webdev, where does a hosting company come into all this?
Strangely, Econet seems to have no problems when newspapers its founder used to fund lie flagrantly with clear bias in favour of Econet.