Liberty and speech stifled in laws 'as bad as apartheid'

freeSpeech       2001-12-20 
Tough legislation that has been likened to the worst excesses of the South Africa's apartheid era will be pushed through Parliament in Harare this week, effectively outlawing President Robert Mugabe's political opponents and stifling free speech. The reforms allow Zimbabwe's police to ban political gatherings at will and prosecute anyone who attends a meeting where the Government is criticised.