Matt Wardman has followed up on my post, Mugabe, al-Qaida links alleged and very helpfully reviewed Zimbabwean information sources from my list. NB: these are all 'civil society' sources, there's also a host of expat media sources. Here's the media sources which Robb Ellis (aka 'the bearded man') uses:
- All Africa News (Zimbabwe)
- Financial Gazette
- Jan Lamprecht's 'African Crisis' Site
- IRIN News (Zimbabwe)
- Men's News Daily - Zvakanaka
- MWeb - African News
- News For South Africa
- New Zimbabwe
- Talk Zimbabwe
- The Chronicle
- The Daily Mirror
- The First Post
- The Herald
- The Sunday Mail
- The Zimbabwean
- The Zimbabwe Independent
- The Zimbabwe Mail
- The Zimbabwe Situation
- The Zimbabwe Standard
- The Zimbabwe Times
- Zimbabwe Metro
- Zimbabwe Observer News Network
- Zimbabwe Star
- Zimbabwe Today
- Zim News Room
- ZW News
GUESTPOST: Matt Wardman
It is possible to keep track of what is happening on the ground via Net Feeds provided by various civil liberties bodies. This is an updated version of a Wardman Wire post “Scrutinise the Zimbabwe Elections using Twitter and Flickr: Sokwanele” from a few days ago.
The situation appears to be getting worse, so please do what you can to keep the spotlight on it.
There are a number of organisations and resources listed here. This is a summary.
- Map of incidents: Sokwanele Map
- Most frequent updates: Sokwanele Blog, RSS Feed, Twitter. Women and Men of Zimbabwe.
- Photo feed: Sokwanele photo feed (on Wardman Wire blog front page).
- Video: Eyes on Zimbabwe
- Good for Systematic Briefings: Solidarity Peace Trust (Reports, Images, Videos)
- Human Rights/Free Media: Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA), Zimbabwe Human NGO Rights Forum
Map of IncidentsSokwanele (”Enough is enough”) have a map of all the incidents they have reported here. Worth a look. More about Sokwanele below.
Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights
This one is on a Zimbwbabwe internet domain, and is “suspended”. I wonder why?
Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights website - currently suspended.
Eyes on Zimbabwe: Soros Open Society Institute
Eyes on Zimbabwe publishes video of the situation inside Zimbabwe.
Eyes on Zimbabwe Website.
WOZA: Women and Men of Zimbabwe Arise
WOZA, the acronym of Women of Zimbabwe Arise, is an Ndebele word meaning ‘Come forward’. Now with a countrywide membership of over 35,000 women and men, WOZA was formed in 2003 as a women’s civic movement to:
- Provide women, from all walks of life, with a united voice to speak out on issues affecting their day-to-day lives.
- Empower female leadership that will lead community involvement in pressing for solutions to the current crisis.
- Encourage women to stand up for their rights and freedoms.
- Lobby and advocate on those issues affecting women and their families.
Solidarity Peace Trust
The Solidarity Peace Trust is a non-governmental organisation, registered in South Africa. The Trustees of the Solidarity Peace Trust are church leaders of Southern Africa, who are all committed to human rights, freedom and democracy in their region.
The co-chairpersons are:
* Archbishop Pius A Ncube; Catholic Archbishop of Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
* Bishop Rubin Phillip; Anglican Bishop of KwaZulu-Natal, Republic of South Africa
Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum
The Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum (also known as the “Human Rights Forum”) has been in existence since January 1998. Non-governmental organisations working in the field of human rights came together to provide legal and psycho-social assistance to the victims of the Food Riotsof January 1998.
Media Institute of South Africa
The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) is a non-governmental organisation with members in 11 of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) countries. Officially launched in September 1992, MISA focuses primarily on the need to promote free, independent and pluralistic media , as envisaged in the 1991 Windhoek Declaration.
MISA seeks ways in which to promote the free flow of information and co-operation between media workers, as a principal means of nurturing democracy and human rights in Africa
The role of MISA is primarily one of a coordinator, facilitator and communicator, and for this reason MISA aims to work together with all like-minded organisations and individuals to achieve a genuinely free and pluralistic media in southern Africa.
Sokwanele: Enough is Enough
I have been running a Flick-R photo feed about abuse and violence meted out by Robert Mugabe’s followers and thugs to those opposing his regime in the elections in Zimbabwe for several weeks, from the Zimbabwe Civic Action Support Group.
There is also a Twitter feed at http://twitter.com/sokwanele which is updated from time to time. Here are the entriues since it was launched in late May (read from the bottom). Harrowing. Only a small portion of attacks are fed on Twitter.
Why not carry the Photo feed (if your readers can stomach it) or the Twitter feed on your blog. If you need to know how, drop a comment in the box, and I will do a “Howto” article. The elections in Zimbabwe are on June 27th, so it would be a good boost to scrutiny and awareness if a number of bloggers did this. It is easy in Wordpress.
Sokwanele: 3 Days in Zimbabwe via Twitter
Numbers to call for Tsvangira at Shurugwi police station: Officer in charge: +263 (0)52 6545. Also try +263 (0)52 6279 / 6277 / 6278 / 6545 01:29 PM June 14, 2008 from web
Morgan Tsvangirai arrested again. Currently being held at Shurugwi police station. This is the 5th time he has been detained since 4 June. 01:13 PM June 14, 2008 from web
MDC MP Tendai Biti has arrived in court. He has been missing since his arrest two days ago by 10 plainclothes policeman in an unmarked car. 01:06 PM June 14, 2008 from web
Tendai Biti still missing. Lawyers and human rights defenders have gone to every possible police station in Harare in an effort to find him. 02:16 PM June 13, 2008 from web
Morgan Tsvangirai has been released for a second time today: “It’s just harassment, but we will be continuing with our campaign tomorrow”. 11:32 PM June 12, 2008 from web
Morgan Tsvangirai arrested for a 2nd time today. Now in Gweru police station. Call +263 (0)54 227897 / 221393. http://tinyurl.com/6qahts 07:33 PM June 12, 2008 from web
Tendai Biti missing. “He was forced into an unmarked vehicle and has not been seen since”. Please take action - http://tinyurl.com/6dp8bl 06:21 PM June 12, 2008 from web
The BBC are reporting that Zimbabwe’s police plan to charge MDC Secretary General Tendai Biti with treason. http://tinyurl.com/6jpg3f 05:11 PM June 12, 2008 from web
Morgan Tsvangirai has been released after 2 hrs. He immediately resumed campaigning, meeting throngs of enthusiastic supporters in Kwekwe. 05:01 PM June 12, 2008 from web
Morgan Tsvangirai arrested with 20 others. Call Kwekwe Police on +263 (0)55 22210 and +263 (0)55 24541 - 6 . See http://tinyurl.com/6nf57s 04:05 PM June 12, 2008 from web
Action Alert for Biti. Arrested by plainclothes police, driven off in car reg AAO 3822; whereabouts unknown. See http://tinyurl.com/6dp8bl 02:19 PM June 12, 2008 from web
Get ready for ACTION - MDC Secretary General Tendai Biti has just been arrested in Harare. Waiting for more info: http://tinyurl.com/6dp8bl 01:12 PM June 12, 2008 from web
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