Voice from the Commonwealth
Commentary, World Views and Occasional Rants from a small 'l' libertarian in Massachussetts

"If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest for freedom, go home and leave us in peace. We seek not your council nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen." - Samuel Adams

Friday, June 06, 2003

There were wails of dissent when it came out that the Coalition in Iraq would not allow Iraqi media free rein to publish calls to violence. Where is the outrage over the supression of media in Zimbabwe?

Amateur video from Zimbabwe broadcast in Britain on Friday showed a man armed with a bayonet threatening to set fire to the camerawoman's car and demanding she hand over her camera during clashes between protesters and security forces.

The footage, shown on Sky News, was shot during protests at Zimbabwe University on Monday, the first day of a week of demonstrations and strikes held by the opposition demanding the resignation of President Robert Mugabe.

Laurinda Whitehead, an amateur photographer, was filming Monday's protests at the university when her car was attacked. She refused to give up the camera and said she and a companion raced around Zimbabwe's capital Harare for 20 minutes before they were able to shake off their attacker.

The video footage shows a man clambering on to the back of the car Whitehead was traveling in, saying, ``I want the camera.''

Whitehead is then heard screaming: ``He's getting matches. Hurry up! Hurry up, for Christ's sake!''

The male driver is then heard shouting: ``Help me, get this man off here, he's trying to burn my car. Help!''

In its report, Sky said footage of the government crackdown taken by amateur photographers, like Whitehead, has been smuggled out of the country to the network's South Africa office. The report did not give Whitehead's nationality.

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