Zimbabwe: Beyond tokenism: The need to license community radio stations in Zimbabwe

For the last 14 years the Zimbabwean government has failed to license a single community radio station, despite passing the Broadcasting Services Act in 2001, which recognizes the three-tier broadcasting system and sets the criteria and licensing process. Activists campaigning for community radio licenses have endured a series of human rights violations, including harassment, intimidation, arbitrary arrests and restrictions of their rights to freedom of association and assembly. Government’s failure to license community radio stations undermines the ability of communities to participate in debates of public interest on matters that affect them.

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