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Zimbabwe Information Ministry Confirms Jamming of VOA Broadcasts

A senior Zimbabwe Information Ministry officials confirmed in parliamentary testimony Wednesday that the government is jamming Voice of America broadcasts.

Deputy Information Minister Bright Matonga, responding to a question from opposition legislator Willas Madzimure, confirmed that Harare is jamming VOA's Studio 7. He said authorities were generating electronic interference to prevent reception of Studio 7 broadcasts because the programs contained propaganda.

Reached later Wednesday by a Studio 7 reporter, Matonga declined to comment.

Madzimure told reporter Blessing Zulu of Studio 7 that he is perplexed that Harare is jamming the Voice of America program when broadcasts by Zimbabwe's national broadcast system are failing to reach citizens in some parts of the country.

Jamming of Studio 7 broadcasts began in June 2006 and continues. Broadcasts of the London-based private broadcaster SW Radio Africa are also being jammed.

Studio 7 has been providing radio news reports to Zimbabwe since 2003.

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