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Cablegate: Media Report Goz Bans Bbc Journalists; Harare

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271024Z Jul 01


UNCLASSIFIED PTO1782

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INFO LOG-00 NP-00 A-00 ACQ-00 CIAE-00 DODE-00 DS-00
EUR-00 UTED-00 VC-00 TEDE-00 INR-00 LAB-01 VCE-00
NSAE-00 TEST-00 USIE-00 IIP-00 DSCC-00 DRL-02 NFAT-00
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FM AMEMBASSY HARARE
TO SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 9383
INFO NSC WASHDC
AMEMBASSY PRETORIA
AMEMBASSY LUSAKA
AMEMBASSY WINDHOEK
AMEMBASSY GABORONE
AMEMBASSY LILONGWE
AMEMBASSY LONDON

UNCLAS HARARE 002271

SIPDIS

AF/PD FOR COX, ROBERTSON, AF/S FOR KRAFT, AF/P, INR/R/MR,
NSC FOR JENDAYI FRAZER

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: ZI PREL PHUM
SUBJECT: MEDIA REPORT GOZ BANS BBC JOURNALISTS; HARARE


1. THE GOVERNMENT OF ZIMBABWE (GOZ) HAS SUSPENDED THE
ACCREDITATION OF BRITISH BROADCASTING CORPORATION (BBC)
UNCLASSIFIED

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CORRESPONDENTS BASED IN ZIMBABWE. ACCORDING TO AN
ARTICLE PUBLISHED IN THE JULY 26 EDITION OF THE
GOVERNMENT-CONTROLLED DAILY "THE HERALD," THE
SUSPENSION IS WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT. UNDER HEADLINE
"BBC CORRESPONDENTS' ACCREDITATION SUSPENDED," THE
PAPER CARRIED THE FOLLOWING STORY ON PAGE ONE:

2. "THE DEPARTMENT OF INFORMATION AND PUBLICITY YESTERDAY
(JULY 25) SUSPENDED THE ACCREDITATION OF BBC
CORRESPONDENTS IN ZIMBABWE FOLLOWING A SERIES OF
ALLEGED DISTORTIONS OF EVENTS IN THE COUNTRY. THE
MINISTER OF STATE FOR INFORMATION AND PUBLICITY,
PROFESSOR JONATHAN MOYO, SAID DISTORTIONS AND
MISREPRESENTATIONS WERE UNACCEPTABLE AND WOULD NOT BE
ALLOWED TO CONTINUE. 'THE TIME HAS COME FOR THE BBC TO
FOLLOW AND UPHOLD IN ZIMBABWE THE SAME PROFESSIONAL AND
ETHICAL STANDARDS IT FOLLOWS IN BRITAIN. THAT IS THE
BOTTOM LINE, NOTHING LESS OR MORE,' SAID PROF. MOYO IN
A LETTER TO MILTON NKOSI, BBC NEWS BUREAU CHIEF IN
JOHANNESBURG. .

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