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Court moves to protect b’cast freedom

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JOHANNESBURG — Zimbabwe’s Supreme Court has struck down as unconstitutional a section of the controversial broadcasting law that gave the information minister power to license would-be broadcasters.

Section 6 of the Broadcasting Services Act, passed in 2000, was seen by rights activists as just one of many draconian new laws inhibiting freedom of expression and assembly. The Oct. 3 ruling was made after Capital Radio, a private station closed down by police in 2000, applied to the Supreme Court to have sections of the law declared unconstitutional when it was refused a broadcasting licence.

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