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Pakistani Press Foundation Writes To President Mnangagwa Condemning Internet Shutdown

The directive to shut down the internet was ill conceived and illegal. It has consequence not just in losses experienced on the ground and the disgruntlement of citizens but it also has consequence regarding the country’s international perception and the efforts by President Mnangagwa to re-engage the international community. Some international organisations are expressing their […]

Not Yet Uhuru: The Bigger Legal Issue On Internet Shut Down Has Not Been Addressed Yet

So yes the court has ruled that the internet shut down order given by the minister of state security was an illegal order. The judge went on to order the lifting of all restrictions on social media access that have been in place since Tuesday last week. The actual ruling made The ruling made by […]

Full Text: Veritas Explains The Legality Or Lack Of The Internet Shut Down

Below is the full Veritas Bulletin commenting on the recent shut down of the internet at the directive of the government. We have argued here that the law the government claims to have been following does not permit such an action at all. Here are lawyers explaining the whole thing: In this bulletin we shall […]

President Mnangagwa Not Going To Davos, He’s Coming Home To Deal With Crisis

Reports say the president is no longer going to Davos, He is cutting his trip short and coming back home to deal with the crisis rocking the country since early last week. President Mnangagwa was set to attend the World Economic Forum meetings in Davos for the second consecutive year as the president of Zimbabwe […]

President Mnangagwa’s Spokesman Justifies Internet Blackout, Reveals Ignorance On The Internet Itself

Gearge Charamba is in Eastern Europe on a tour with President Mnangagwa. He made comments on the shutdown of the internet by the government in an interview with the ZBC whilst on this trip. At least he has not issued a silly lie like the Deputy Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, Energy Mutodi. […]

A Young Mother’s Job And Livelihood Affected By The Stupidity Of An Internet Blackout

I have a good friend of mine, married to one of my closest friends. She’s one of the sweetest people I know. I also respect her out of the box thinking when it comes to making a living and contributing to the family income. She has a three-year-old daughter who qualifies to the sweetest list […]

Examples Of Ridiculous Social Media Laws Other African Countries Have Introduced

So whenever the fragile economy of Zimbabwe coughs and spatters causing some kind of a reaction in the population, an enemy has to be found. The guys most responsible for national economic performance of late have been pointing the accusing finger at social media. In the Mugabe days (yes we can say that now), there […]

Court Case Against Blocking Of Internet To Be Heard On Monday, Public Not Invited

The urgent application by MISA Zimbabwe challenging the legality of the directive to shut down the internet by the government will be heard on Monday. MISA has presented this case joint with the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights. The media activists took the government to court after the government issued a directive to all internet […]

Brace Yourselves Zimbabwe For Some Ridiculous Laws To Thwart Social Media

Zimbabwe has a terrible record when it comes to media freedoms. One of the areas where people expressed relief with the presidency of Emmerson Mnangagwa has been a seeming expansion of the media space and the government’s seeming disinterest in quieting disagreeing views whether in mainstream media or on social media. The past few days, […]

Social Media Is Still Blocked, Let’s Keep Using VPNs

So yes the internet has been switched back on again for the second time. Again this time without open access to social media. Econet, the country’s biggest mobile network operator has just sent a message informing subscribers of this development. Says the message: Dear valued customer At 15:55 on 18/01/:2019, we got a further instruction […]

Information Ministry Contradicts Its Deputy Minister And Admits Govt Ordered Internet Blackout “Legally”

The Ministry of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services has admitted that the government of Zimbabwe ordered the internet blackout experienced by the whole country from 15th to 16th January 2019. The first ironic thing is that this announcement contradicts the silly denial by the Deputy Minister in that Ministry who claimed there was bad congestion […]

Utande Customers Still Had Internet For Some Time After Blackout, Here’s How It Happened

So around mid day on Tuesday the 15th the whole of Zimbabwe was cut off from the internet. The government directed all internet service providers to flip the switch to off. They wanted to stop the flow of information amidst protests that had turned violent. Not all the internet went off all at once though. […]

My Companies Were Complying With The Law When They Blocked The Internet But I am Praying And Fasting For You Says Strive Masiyiwa

The Founder and Chairman of the Econet Wireless Group, Strive Masiyiwa wrote on his Facebook Page yesterday concerning the internet blackout in Zimbabwe on the same day. Unfortunately, most Zimbabweans (whom he addressed in the post) could not access that message and still can’t because access to Facebook and other social sites has been blocked […]

President Mnangagwa Posts On Social Media Saying We Have Right To Free Speech When Social Media Is Blocked By His Government

President Mnangagwa posted on Facebook and Twitter from Russia saying he is saddened by reports of violence back home. He said everyone in Zimbabwe has the right to freely speak out and to criticise. ‘It’s ironic that he would say that and more so that he said so on social media when the platforms are […]