The Media Institute of Southern Africa says Zimbabwe, with just one broadcast station airing on four radio wavelengths and two television channels, lags far behind other African countries in opening its airwaves to crucial free expression.
The group made the statement Wednesday, Africa Freedom Day.The group says independent broadcasting mushroomed throughout Africa while Zimbabwe’s electronic media “stagnated” under President Mugabe’s control as a propaganda tool for his party.
The group says other nations have more radio stations. Uganda, which recently cracked down on the media, has more than 120. Tiny Benin has 73.