Sunday, April 12, 2009

The Trillion Dollar Ad Campaign

The Zimbabwean, a newspaper printed in The UK but covering Zimbabwean news, has started a movement. It's called the Trillion Dollar Ad Campaign. They have taken useless Zim dollars (Because of hyperinflation, it's actually cheaper to print on the money than to use it to buy paper!), printed messages on them and distributed them around the streets of South African. The paper hopes South Africans will help their neighboring country.

Photo Credits: The Zimbabwean

To read more about this project, check out their website.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Here's to an new daily evening

The editors of The Financial Gazette, a private weekly paper in Zimbabwe, announced their plans to launch an evening daily paper soon. This event stands as a sign of loosening media restrictions in the country.

The paper, The Daily Evening Gazette, has been in the works for a while, according to the editors. Although a specific start-date has not yet been decided upon, senior positions will begin to be filled next week.

The country currently has only one daily paper, The Herald, which is state-run.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Journalist have been charged

Two of the journalist that were arrested a few weeks ago have been charged. The editor of The Chronicle, Brezhnev Malaba and the author of the story, Nduduzo Tshuma, were charged with defamation.

Zimbabwe Union of Journalists president Matthew Takaona said these charges raised eyebrows because the police had yet to investigate the allegations against their own.

Tshuma wrote a story in February linking the Bulawayo police and the Grain Marketing Board to maize sold on the black market. Neither men have pleaded yet.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Musical Criticism of Mugabe

I found this video accidentally while on Youtube. In today's world, the internet is a powerful weapon for voicing criticisms of governments (or just about anyone you want for that matter...) No longer do we just have to stand outside of city hall protesting. With a click of a mouse, we can create something to been seen globally voicing our concerns. And it doesn't hurt if it has a catchy tune and a few jokes.