Zimbos Migrate to Telegram amid Internet Shutdown

By Divine Dube An arbitrary ban of social media sites such as WhatsApp, Twitter and YouTube by government authorities has triggered Zimbabweans — a majority who rely on social media for news, to install Virtual Private Network (VPN) applications to access blocked sites, while others are quickly migrating to Telegram as a replacement for WhatsApp. …

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Zimbos Migrate to Telegram amid Internet Shutdown

By Divine Dube An arbitrary ban of social media sites such as WhatsApp, Twitter and YouTube by government authorities has triggered Zimbabweans — a majority who rely on social media for news, to install Virtual Private Network (VPN) applications to access blocked sites, while others are quickly migrating to Telegram as a replacement for WhatsApp. …

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ED forgets that Twitter is closed

By Daniel Chigundu President Emmerson Mnangagwa appears to be unaware of or might have forgotten that his government has shut down social media in the country. The under-fire Zanu PF leader who is currently globetrotting with a begging bowl brew a shocker when he took to Twitter which his government has shut down to announce …

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ED forgets that Twitter is closed

By Daniel Chigundu President Emmerson Mnangagwa appears to be unaware of or might have forgotten that his government has shut down social media in the country. The under-fire Zanu PF leader who is currently globetrotting with a begging bowl brew a shocker when he took to Twitter which his government has shut down to announce …

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DCN Africa condemns Zim’s internet shutdown

By Daniel Chigundu Digital Communication Network (DCN) Africa has condemned the recent internet shutdown in Zimbabwe adding that it is nothing short of human rights violations and a ploy to cripple journalists from effectively doing their work. The Zimbabwean government imposed a total internet shutdown as a way of preventing transmission of information on the …

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Cyber Bill: Should we be afraid?

By Daniel Chigundu The Cyber Bill which seeks among other things to regulate the use of internet in the country has reportedly been given the nod by Cabinet and is waiting to be sent to Parliament where it will go through various processes before it becomes law. The Bill has been part of the legislative …

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Committee pleads for US$100m digitalisation funds

By Daniel Chigundu The Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Information, Media and Broadcasting Services has appealed to both treasury and Parliament for the allocation of US$100 million to TransMedia for the completion of the digitalisation program. Digitalisation which has missed both the regional and international deadlines has so far gobbled about US$40 million and requires an …

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Why Govt will favour tight internet control

By Watmore Makokoba Although a new political order has dawned which has apparently ignited hope for reforms in both Zanu PF and government, the regime however seems to be keen to maintain a firm grip on suppressive internet governance measures to thwart the descending voice, recent research findings have reported. The research paper (The State of Internet Governance in Zimbabwe) launched this week by Zimbabwe …

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O’Donovan’s bail: how Obey Shava outclassed the State

By Daniel Chigundu High Court Judge Justice Clement Phiri has granted US national Martha O’Donovan US$1000 bail, coupled with other stringent conditions after judging that the State’s opposing argument was weak. O’Donovan was arrested last Friday on allegations of trying to remove a constitutionally elected government and insulting President Robert Mugabe through social media (Tweeter). The State was opposing bail, alleging that O’Donovan was likely …

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O’Donovan bail hearing postponed to Thursday

By Daniel Chigundu Bail hearing for US national Martha O’Donovan which had been scheduled for today (Wednesday) at High Court has been postponed to tomorrow (Thursday 9 November). O’Donovan, who was arrested on Friday on allegations of trying to subvert a constitutionally elected government and also for insulting President Robert Mugabe using a social media platform (Tweeter), had made an urgent bail application on Monday. …

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