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Zimbabwe: Visual artist challenges charges of insulting president

31 October 2013

The use of insult-laws to criminalise freedom of expression by president Robert Mugabe’s administration was under focus on 30 October 2013 when the Constitutional Court heard a challenge brought before the highest court by persecuted visual artist Owen Maseko, reported Radio VOP. Bulawayo-based Owen Maseko is described as one of …

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Zimbabwe: Festival Event for Music Freedom Day in Harare

28 February 2013

An event with leading Zimbabwean artists, poets and bands will start in the evening on 2 March 2013 and continue into the early hours of the morning on Music Freedom Day, 3 March. Magamba partnering with Pamberi Trust organises an event at Book Cafe in Zimbabwe’s capital Harare featuring a …

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Zimbabwe: “They don’t have jurisdiction over your spirit”

14 December 2012

  In this interview Tongai Leslie Makawa, better known by his stage name Outspoken, talks about the conference, about meeting other artists and about trying to achieve “freedom with responsibility”:       Outspoken gave an inspiring talk and performance in the conference session ‘OUTSPOKEN’:           Information …

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Banned Zimbabwean artist calls for a way to appeal a ban

14 November 2012

Award-winning actor, writer, director and producer Tafadzwa Muzondo, whose play ‘No Choice, No Voice’ was banned for political reasons, says it is unjust to ban a work without giving artists the chance to appeal. The law in Zimbabwe provides for a board of appeal, but none exists at the moment, …

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Zimbabwe: Board of Censors ban a theatre play

4 September 2012

On 3 September 2012, Radio COP reported that Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) have petitioned the High Court seeking to overturn a ban of the theatre play ‘No Voice No Choice’. The play ‘No Voice No Choice’ – a production by two community theatre groups, Edzai Isu Theatre Arts …

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Treading a fine line: Censorship in Zimbabwe

14 May 2012

The struggle against censorship for artists performing at Harare International Festival of the Arts (HIFA) in May 2012 is nothing new. Since HIFA first opened its doors 13 years ago, Zimbabwe’s notorious Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) has been keeping a close eye on the event. Yet, despite government intimidation, Zimbabwe’s …

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Zimbabwe: Platform for free artistic expression awarded

14 March 2012

  In Zimbabwe’s capital Harare, the Book Café reopened on 8 March 2012 after having been shut down in November 2011. It was forced to relocate to a different venue. Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai gave an insightful speech centering on censorship of music and arts – and about the government’s …

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Zimbabwe: Comrade Fatso

3 November 2011

Musician Comrade Fatso comments on music censorship in Zimbabwe.   This interview with Comrade Fatso was recorded by Freemuse Web Editor Mik Aidt in Copenhagen, Denmark, on 27 October 2011. Comrade Fatso is one of the most explosive and controversial acts in Southern Africa today. His band is called Chabvondoka, and their music is called …

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Zimbabwe: Comrade Fatso

3 November 2011

Musician Comrade Fatso comments on music censorship in Zimbabwe.   This interview with Comrade Fatso was recorded by Freemuse Web Editor Mik Aidt in Copenhagen, Denmark, on 27 October 2011. Comrade Fatso is one of the most explosive and controversial acts in Southern Africa today. His band is called Chabvondoka, and their music is called …

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