Artist: Directors of the Associated Newspapers Zimbabwe
Confronting Bodies: Robert Mugabe's government and its apppointed media commission
Date of Action: October 2003
Specific Location: Harare, Zimbabwe, Africa
Description of Artwork: The Daily News is Zimbabwe's only independent newspaper. It has been critical of President Mugabe throughout his 23-year rule.
Description of Incident: The Associated Newspapers Zimbabwe Executive Director, Sam Sipepa Nkomo, and three other company directors were arrested and detained on accusations that they published without a license. The newspaper's offices were raided shortly after the Administrative Court authorized the paper to publish in response to a prior denial to publish handed down by the government's media commission. The Administrative Court called the commission's decision "improperly unconstituted."
Results of Incident: The government will appeal the Administrative Court's ruling.
Submitted By: NCAC