08 March, 2011

Zimbabwean Vikas Mavhudzi Arrested over Facebook Comment !

The next war on freedom of expression seems will be fought over on the internet.39 Year Old Zimbabwean Vivas Mavhudzi just realised that "Big Ben is watching" after a comment he posted a comment on a Facebook  page allegedly belonging to Zimbabwe Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai the following comment:

“I am overwhelmed, I don’t want to say Mr. or PM what happened in Egypt is sending shockwaves to dictators around the world. No weapon but unity of purpose worth emulating, hey.”

According to the NewZimbabwe website Mr Mahvudzi was charged with “subverting a constitutional government”.That well illustrates that Governments especially the repressive ones have become more keen on what their Citizens are doing online.But on the other hand what Mr Mahvudzi stated was a personal opinion and i believe to the best of my understanding does not meet any known legal threshold of subversive conduct or activities.But obviously that is Zimbabwe where fundamental human rights and freedoms long went through the window but that does not mean that it is acceptable to deny anyone the right to express a contrary opinion !

One also wonders who "befriended" the Government of Zimbabwe so as to allow them access to Mahvudzi's comment...i thought facebook was all about communities of friends and like minds.

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