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Zimbabwe’s President Mugabe has expressed a desire to introduce Chinese-style internet censorship rules to the country.
In a speech that praised the usefulness of the internet for news and education purposes, he also warned of the “abuse” that occurs online, saying that “some people use the internet in bad ways”.
He described China’s internet censorship laws as simply “security measures”, seemingly unworried about censorship’s stranglehold on information and freedom of speech.
He did not give a timeframe for when any internet censorship rules would be introduced in Zimbabwe by.
China has some of the strictest internet censorship laws in the world. Pornographic and other “offensive” content are banned, including “the spreading of rumours”.
In 2014, China made it a criminal offence to broadcast any defamatory content online. A perpetrator can face up to 3 years imprisonment if the information has been viewed by 5,000 people or re-posted 500 times.