Radio Dialogue manager summoned

HARARE - Zenzele Ndebele, Radio Dialogue production manager, has been summoned to appear before a Bulawayo Magistrate on March 6 on charges of contravening broadcasting laws.

The summons comealmost a year after Ndebele’s arrest during a police raid on Radio Dialogue that saw police seize 180 radio sets. Ndebele subsequently appeared in court on April 18 last year but the case never took off.

The confiscated radios were ordinary Frequency Modulation (FM)/Short Wave(SW)/Amplitude Modulation(AM) receivers that had no transmitting capacity. 

Media analysts say there was no law in Zimbabwe that was against the ownership of such radios, and the Zimbabwe Association of Community Radio Stations said it expected  the government to be supportive of  media diversity and pluralism, and should promote people’s right to access of information and freedom of expression. 

“As a mother-body of community radios, we believe alternative sources of information apart from the state broadcaster are indispensable in a vibrant democracy as they contribute significantly to the modernisation of society,” Zacras said in a statement.

Several civic organisations and human rights activists were last year arrested for contravening broadcasting laws after police announced a ban on the possession of shortwave radio receivers, saying they were being used to communicate hate speech.

Zimbabwe’s state broadcaster, the ZBC, has a near monopoly over the airwaves.

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