Skip to comments.Internet A Tool Of British Imperialism, Says Mugabe
Posted on 12/10/2003 6:25:23 PM PST by blam
Internet a tool of British imperialism, says Mugabe
By Fiona Fleck and Anton La Guardia
President Robert Mugabe's anti-British diatribes rose to new extremes yesterday when he declared that Britain was using the internet to destroy Zimbabwe and recolonise the Third World.
Making his first public appearance since withdrawing from the Commonwealth three days ago, Mr Mugabe used a United Nations conference on information technology to deliver his attack.
Mugabe addresses the UN information summit
Many delegates at the summit in Geneva hailed a new era of free access to information. But Mr Mugabe saw the internet as pernicious.
"Beneath the rhetoric of free press and transparency is the iniquity of hegemony," he said.
He controls all broadcasting in his country and in September closed the Daily News, the only independent daily newspaper.
He said information technology was dominated "by a few countries in the selfish interests of those countries which are in quest of global dominance and hegemony".
He singled out Britain, the United States and Australia for using their information technology superiority to "challenge our sovereignty through hostile and malicious broadcasts calculated to foment instability and destroy the state through divisions".
Mr Mugabe told the conference that the internet and computer revolution were "spin-offs of the same industry that allows once again for the conquest of our societies . . . the same platforms used for high-tech espionage".
New technology provides one of the few channels of information still open to his opponents.
During the failed referendum campaign to approve a new constitution enlarging his powers in February 2000, critics distributed a highly effective mobile phone text message declaring: "No Fuel. No Jobs. Vote No."
The opposition Movement for Democratic Change and Zimbabwean human rights groups have made extensive use of e-mail.
Zimbabwe's withdrawal from the Commonwealth provoked a bitter session in the Harare parliament yesterday.
The foreign minister, Stan Mudenge, said the Commonwealth was dominated by white "racist bullies" and the ruling party whip, Rabson Gumbo, called on Zimbabwe to sever diplomatic relations with Britain.
,,, yeah, they're starving Zimbabwe's people, aren't they Stan? The digital divide is really the cause of all your problems, isn't it?
More and more Mugabe resembles the Mad Hatter.
Close, but no cigar. Mugabe IS the Mad Hatter !!! ;-))
,,, it has been in China and North Korea. Mugabe will use his thugs and the Public Order and Security Act to wipe access to the internet out when it gets to him bad enough. He virtually controls who eats and who doesn't.
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