Press TV, Mugabe, Zimbabwe [A Personal Reflection]
Taking into account the election campaign in Zimbabwe, I decided to reissue an article written about the Press TV Coverage of the Zimbabwe Situation. The article was previously published on my blog the 25th of July 2007. I want to share it with Now Public.com and its readers.
Press TV Journalist Yvonne Ridley dedicated a segment in "The Agenda" to Zimbabwe and Mugabe. Among the people interviewed were A Representative for MDC [Movement for Democratic Change] from Great Britain and Ireland; Mr. Julius Sal Mutyambiza-Dewa, Stephan Chen who is Professor of the School of Oriental and African Studies, and Wilf Mbanga; Editor of The Zimbabwean.
Ms. Ridley stated in "The Agenda" that an official from the Embassy of the Republic of Zimbabwe refused an invitation to appear in the programme to explain the position of Mugabe.
The subject was whether Mugabe was a liberator or a tyrant. The response from Dr. Chen was both. The Independent Journalist and the MDC Representative for the UK and Ireland stated that Mugabe was a tyrant.
There were comments about how Mugabe has created conditions for either a violent revolution or civil war. The three interviewees agreed that South Africa has the leverage to force change but does not want to since South African President Mbeki supports Mugabe.
The interviewees also agreed that Mugabe is using the nationalist card for his own ends and that there is a general dismay at the situation in Zimbabwe. Press TV also interviewed a group of demonstrators in the Zimbabwean Embassy in London.
Ms. Ridley added that investors are lining up into Zimbabwe, the response of Mr. Mbanga was that opportunists can make money even in unstable times. Mr. Mbanga struck a chord since we have the same situation in the American Continent in terms of opportunists and speculators.
Ms. Ridley also asked the question of what would happen if MDC was accused of "sell out". The response of Mr. Sal Mutyambuza-Dewa was the need for global trade, term limits, and transparency in a governmen with separation of powers.
Another invitation was a Human Rights Activist who talked about radio and TV with sanctions against the ruling class. In this part, there is disagreement on the part of the underwriter since there are blogs such as the ones existing in blog.co.uk, short wave radio stations like SW Africa FM.
After seeing "The Agenda" on Press TV, many conclusions have to be drawn.
Press TV and Ms. Yvonne Ridley have done their homework concerning Zimbabwe. Press TV has done a coverage of Zimbabwe at the same par as the BBC, RNW [Radio Netherlands], CBC/RCI [Canada], and CRI [China]. This type of special in depth coverage does not exist in the "Mainstream Media" of the USA except for PBS [Public Broadcasting Service]. Press TV deserves a 100% for their report.
Mugabe is nothing more than a tyrant with a desire to maintain power at any cost. Mugabe is willing to sacrifice Zimbabwe por his personal gain and could care less about the hyoerinflation, lack of basic necessities. Mugabe is creating a replica of North Korea .