Harare - Media freedom campaigners say police in Zimbabwe
are breaking the law by seizing and banning small radio receivers that can tune
in to stations not linked to the state broadcasting monopoly controlled by
President Robert Mugabe's party.
The Media Institute of Southern Africa said on Friday no
regulations outlaw the hand-cranked, solar powered radios that democracy and
election support groups plan to use ahead of a referendum on a new constitution
next month and crucial elections later in the year.
Police insist the radios and cheap Chinese 3G smartphones
are being supplied by "subversive organisations" and pose a security
threat surrounding the polling.
MISA said any broadcast receiver only requires a routine
listeners' license. The police action was a grave threat to active and informed
participation in upcoming voting, it said.