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Africa's Insult Laws intended to keep Black Dictators in power

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  • pbs@iafrica.com
    From: WWW.AfricanCrisis.Org [I doubt much will come of this. Black Africans have shown, like when the SADC and South Africa approved of Mugabe s recent stolen
    Message 1 of 1 , May 3, 2005
      From: WWW.AfricanCrisis.Org
      [I doubt much will come of this. Black Africans have shown, like when the
      SADC and South Africa approved of Mugabe's recent stolen election, that
      they really will tell any lie to keep each other in power.

      Blacks have chosen to be dishonest in their search for "freedom". This
      dishonesty will bite them again and again... ad infinitum. They will find
      themselves all caught up in their own lies... having to support the lies
      their brothers told. In the end... all this lying to save themselves and
      each other's asses, will bite them. Eventually... people will regard
      Blacks are pure LIARS. But they have nobody except themselves to blame
      for basing their search for "freedom" on bad choices (Marxist) and
      various lies. Whites at least can hold their heads high in this regard.
      We told the truth, and that will stand in our stead - eventually. Jan]

      Campaign launched against Africa�s insult laws

      Johannesburg - A campaign to rid African countries of "insult laws" �
      laws ostensibly intended to protect the dignity and reputation of people
      in high office but which are actually used to protect presidents,
      parliamentarians and in varying degrees other state officials from
      scrutiny of their conduct in office - is to be launched in Lusaka,
      Zambia, on Monday during a workshop which coincides with World Press
      Freedom Day on May 3. "Insult laws" are continually invoked against the
      media in Africa when personal references to heads of state or officials
      are deemed insulting or when journalists allege official or other
      misconduct such as corruption and maladministration especially when
      related to the police or military. Cases of editors and journalists being
      charged or imprisoned for such reports abound. These laws apply in
      varying degrees of severity in 48 of the 53 countries in Africa,
      including Zimbabwe which has one of the harshest laws. The Lusaka meeting
      is the first of a series of sub-regional advocacy workshops on these laws
      in sub-Saharan Africa to create awareness of the legislation, broaden
      knowledge about their application and effects and devise an action plan
      to campaign for their removal from the statute books.

      This campaign has taken on an additional thrust with the introduction of
      the African Union's NEPAD African Peer Review Mechanism process in
      relation to the assessment of good political governance in countries. The
      Media Institute of Southern Africa and other organisations involved in
      this campaign believe that countries cannot be assessed by the NEPAD
      African Peer Review Mechanism as practising good political governance if
      it has such legislation as "insult laws" preventing the disclosure of
      information about the conduct of those in government. Among the other
      organisations taking part are the World Press Freedom Committee, the SA
      National Editors' Forum, the Southern African Editors' Forum, the
      Southern African Journalists' Association, Journalistes en Danger (JED)
      of the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Organisations of the Media in
      Central Africa, the Media Foundation for West Africa and the Media Rights
      Agenda in Nigeria. The purpose of the action plan is to devise strategies
      and methods to tackle governments so that, like Kenya in Africa and a
      number of countries in South America, they remove the legislation from
      their statute books and foster freedom of expression and freedom of the
      media as a people's right.

      Source: WWW.ZwNews.Com
      From The Daily News Online Edition, 29 April
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