The Media in Zimbabwe: The Struggle between State and Civil Society

  • Helge Rønning
Part of the International Political Economy Series book series (IPES)


On 6 October 2000, after police on the instructions of the Minister of Information had raided the first private radio station in Zimbabwe, the independent newspaper The Daily News opened its editorial of the day with the following words: ‘THERE always seems to be an element of panic and hysteria in the government’s reaction to new developments on the media front, whether it is in broadcasting or newspapers.’ In an exemplary manner the media policies and media situation in Zimbabwe reveal the contradictions between the authoritarian and democratic impulses in the political development of the country. It is symptomatic of a conflict between the state and civil society.


Civil Society Election Campaign Daily News Broadcasting Service Public Service Broadcaster 
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© Palgrave Macmillan Ltd 2003

Authors and Affiliations

  • Helge Rønning
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  1. 1.University of OsloNorway

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