Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Democracy Blogging: Zimbabwe


Curt Hopkins of the Committee to Protect Bloggers (along with tech blogger Marshall Kirkpatrick and Brian Schartz, creator of the AIDS blogging pilot project, Blogswana) has recently annouced the the re-unveiling of Enough is Enough, the "new Zimbabwean democracy super-blog". (Although the first sparce posts date from this past November, the blogs seems to be re-committing itself to its mission.) The blog, which is edited by ZimPundit, is devoted to news and analysis of the country of Zimbabwe, with a special focus on bringing about democracy in that country.

Once the “breadbasket of Africa,” in recent decades, under the increasingly tyrannical rule of Robert Mugabe (see creepy photo), Zimbabwe has become a wasteland. However, in Zimbabwe, activists, including many bloggers, are attempting to reverse that trend.

Zimpundit will write regular postings for the site, which also contains automated feeds of news, blog posts, photos and multimedia files. Enough is Enough is designed to act as a blog aggregator, an information exchange for concerned Zimbabweans within the country, and a “bridge blog” to carry the news in that country (now completely devoid of an independent press) to the outside world.

Enough is Enough is a translation of the Ndebele phrase, “Sokwanele” and the Shona equivalent, Zvakwana. These are also the names of two cooperating pro-democracy groups in the country. (http://www.sokwanele.com/) (http://www.zvakwana.com/). (They are not officially related to this project.)

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Comments:
Thanks for your link of support here. Much appreciated. The earlier posts, btw, were made behind a password when the project was being built. Thanks for your thorough coverage.
 
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