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Govt warns cyber-terrorists that the law will catch up with them

by Staff reporter
16 Aug 2016 at 19:38hrs | Views

The government has warned Zimbabweans working in cahoots with political parties and some known hostile governments to circulate terror messages against the state on social media platforms that the law will catch up with them.

The Minister of Information, Media and Broadcasting Services, Dr Christopher Mushohwe said all law abiding citizens must dissociate themselves from the activities that are not

Numerous terror video clips have been circulating on social media in the past few days and Dr Mushohwe said the government is closely monitoring the activities which are being fronted by political parties operating from within an outside the country.

"Government is aware of a number of Zimbabweans, among them Victor Dube, Jeff Judah Hossana and Tapiwa Marimbe, who have been riding on social media platforms to insert and circulate messages of terror against the state and the people of Zimbabwe...Government is aware of activists in the country collaborating with the diaspora cyber-terrorist. They must warned be warned that the long arm of the law is encircling them," said Dr Mushohwe.

Minister Mushohwe noted that zimbabwe does not interfere in the internal affairs of other countries and therefore expects other countries to do likewise.

Media practitioners have also been warned not to promote hate, divisive and defamatory messages.

Meanwhile, Dr Mushohwe has urged media practitioners to always stay on the side of law enforcement agents when covering demonstrations and desist from crossing over to the demonstrators' side, to avoid being caught in the middle in the event that the demonstration turns violent.

The statement comes in the wake of reports that some media practitioners who were covering a demonstration were harassed by law enforcement agents and treated as demonstrators when they were doing their job.

Dr Mushohwe said it is difficult for law enforcement agents to distinguish between journalists and demonstrators especially when protests turn violent.

Source - zbc