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Cablegate: Media Report Voa's Studio 7 Under Fire; Harare

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SUBJECT: MEDIA REPORT VOA'S STUDIO 7 UNDER FIRE; HARARE

1. Information and Publicity Minister Professor Jonathan
Moyo has accused the United States and Britain of
toughening "their hostility towards Zimbabwe," by "churning
out propaganda about regime change" through the Voice of
America's (VOA) Studio 7 channel on Zimbabwe. Speaking
after meeting an Iranian delegation - in the country on a
five-day working visit to assist in the revamping of the
ZBC's television and frequency modulation (FM) network - at
his Munhumutapa offices in Harare on July 29, Moyo is
quoted as saying: "the United States Government was sowing
seeds of division among people in rural areas using a radio
station known as Studio 7." Excerpts of the article
printed on page 4 under headline "`U. S., Britain intensify
hostility towards Zim.'" follow:

2. "The U. S. and Britain have intensified their
hostility towards Zimbabwe by setting up a broadcasting
station targeting the country's rural people and churning
out propaganda about regime change. . .The Minister of
State for Information and Publicity, Professor Jonathan
Moyo said the U. S. Government was sowing seeds of division
among people in rural areas using a radio station known as
Studio 7. . .The minister deplored the actions of the U. S.
government and urged Zimbabweans to rise and stand firm
against the U. S. and British propaganda. Professor Moyo.
. .He said areas such as Victoria Falls and Kariba which
have poor reception should be given priority as they were
exposed to hostile broadcasting by the British and
Americans. `Where we celebrate our won culture, the idea
of a superpower imposing its will on the rest of the world
is totally unacceptable. . . ."

SULLIVAN

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