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Cablegate: American Journalists Successfully Use New

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FM AMEMBASSY HARARE
TO SECSTATE WASHDC 9412
INFO NSC WASHDC
AMEMBASSY NAIROBI
SOUTHERN AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT COMMUNITY

UNCLAS HARARE 002327

SIPDIS

LONDON FOR GURNEY
PARIS FOR BISA WILLIAMS
NAIROBI FOR PFLAUMER

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL KPAO ZI
SUBJECT: AMERICAN JOURNALISTS SUCCESSFULLY USE NEW
ZIMBABWEAN ACCREDITATION PROCEDURES


1. THE SOUTHERN AFRICA CORRESPONDENTS FOR THE NEW YORK
TIMES AND THE WASHINGTON POST SUCCESSFULLY USED THE NEW
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MEDIA ACCREDITATION PROCEDURES PUT INTO PLACE BY
ZIMBABWEAN INFORMATION MINISTER JONATHAN MOYO IN JUNE
2001. THE JOHANNESBURG-BASED JOURNALISTS ARRIVED IN
ZIMBABWE AUGUST 1 AND 3 AND INTEND TO SPEND ABOUT A WEEK
IN THE COUNTRY COVERING POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC ISSUES.

2. THE JOURNALISTS FOLLOWED THE NEWLY ESTABLISHED
PROCEDURE OF APPLYING FOR PERMISSION, ON COMPANY
LETTERHEAD, TO ENTER ZIMBABWE ONE MONTH IN ADVANCE OF
ARRIVAL. THEY DEALT DIRECTLY WITH THE MINISTRY OF
INFORMATION IN HARARE RATHER THAN THROUGH THE ZIMBABWEAN
HIGH COMMISSION IN SOUTH AFRICA. IN RESPONSE TO THE
APPLICATIONS, THE MINISTRY OF INFORMATION SENT
"INVITATION" LETTERS TO THE CORRESPONDENTS IN
JOHANNESBURG. UPON ARRIVAL AT THE AIRPORT IN HARARE,
THE JOURNALISTS PRESENTED THESE LETTERS TO IMMIGRATION
OFFICIALS AND WERE ALLOWED TO ENTER WITH THE INSTRUCTION
TO REPORT THE NEXT DAY TO THE MINISTRY OF INFORMATION TO
GET THEIR VISA/ACCREDITATION. UPON PAYMENT OF THE USD
100 FEE, THE WASHINGTON POST CORRESPONDENT WAS GIVEN A
VISA/CREDENTIAL VALID FOR 9 DAYS, THE AMOUNT OF TIME HE
REQUESTED. THIS FEE MUST BE PAID EACH TIME THE
JOURNALIST ENTERS ZIMBABWE. THE NEW YORK TIMES
REPORTERS ARE TO REPORT TO THE MINISTRY LATER TODAY.

3. IN THIS CASE THE NEW ACCREDITATION PROCEDURE FOR
FOREIGN JOURNALISTS WORKED EXACTLY AS ADVERTISED BY
MINISTER MOYO. THE JOURNALISTS TELL US THAT MINISTRY
OFFICIALS SAY THEY "WILL BE FLEXIBLE" IF A BREAKING
STORY IN ZIMBABWE MAKES ADVANCE APPLICATION FOR A VISA
IMPRACTICAL. WE EXPECT THERE WILL BE OPPORTUNITIES TO
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TEST THE MINISTRY'S FLEXIBILITY IN THE MONTHS TO COME.
WE WILL ALSO WATCH WITH INTEREST TO SEE IF UNFLATTERING
REPORTING ON ZIMBABWE MAKE THE VISA/ACCREDITATION
PROCESS MORE DIFFICULT.

HOOKS

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