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Cablegate: Media Report Zdera; Harare

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110659Z Dec 01


UNCLASSIFIED PTQ2352

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FM AMEMBASSY HARARE
TO SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 0492
INFO NSC WASHDC
AMEMBASSY PRETORIA
AMEMBASSY LUSAKA
AMEMBASSY WINDHOEK
AMEMBASSY GABORONE
AMEMBASSY LILONGWE
AMEMBASSY LONDON

UNCLAS HARARE 003661

SIPDIS

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

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: ZI PREL PHUM
SUBJECT: MEDIA REPORT ZDERA; HARARE


1. THE DECEMBER 10 EDITION OF THE GOVERNMENT-OWNED
DAILY "THE HERALD" PRINTED THE FULL TEXT OF THE
ZIMBABWE DEMOCRACY AND ECONOMIC RECOVERY ACT (ZDERA) OF
2001 AS PASSED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES ON
DECEMBER 4. THE TEXT OF THE BILL WAS PUBLISHED
ACCURATELY AND FULLY. THE "HERALD" ALSO PUBLISHED THE
HOUSE INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS COMMITTEE REPORT URGING
HOUSE APPROVAL OF THE BILL.

2. THE NEWSPAPER OFFERED THE FOLLOWING INTRODUCTION
TO THE BILL: "THERE HAS BEEN A LOT OF MISINFORMATION
ABOUT THE ZDERA, WITH SOME SECTIONS OF THE MEDIA SAYING
THAT SMART SANCTIONS WOULD TARGET SPECIFIC INDIVIDUALS
AND THEIR FAMILIES AND THAT THE MAJORITY OF ZIMBABWEANS
WOULD NOT BE AFFECTED. CONTRARY TO THAT VIEW, THE BILL
SEEKS TO ECONOMICALLY STRANGLE ZIMBABWE AND ITS
CITIZENS, ESPECIALLY WITH ITS INTENDED INFLUENCE OVER
THE OPERATIONS OF THE IMF AND THE WORLD BANK."

SULLIVAN

UNCLASSIFIED

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