Magazine article New Internationalist

Propaganda by Any Other Name

Magazine article New Internationalist

Propaganda by Any Other Name

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Zimbabwe's government is on a mission to tell the 'true Zimbabwe story', spending millions on publishing propaganda at a time when its failed economic policies have left the country reeling. In March it spent over a million US dollars on a 70-page sponsored supplement in New African magazine in which it defended its violence against opposition leaders - attacks which had been roundly condemned by human rights organizations.

Two months later the Government poured yet more money into the New African, which produced a summer issue - flagged as a 'Zimbabwe special' - containing 79 sponsored pages and just 15 pages of 'editorial' in which the magazine's editor interviewed Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe and Tanzanian president Jakaya Mrisho. Copies were given away free in Zambia during the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) summit in August. …

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