Woes on Homosexuals
Spins Conspiracy Theory
to Account for Negative Press
Homophobic Regime Bridles at Critics
Compiled By GayToday
President Mugabe, known on planet Earth as its most homophobic head of state, is using homophobia as a ready-made excuse to smear journalistic political opponents. Having called homosexuals "lower than pigs and worse than dogs," this country's leader is now through David Martin, his spokesperson, blaming homosexuals for the drubbing his nation has recently been taking in the Western Press.
Zimbabwean gay activists, who operate in an atmosphere of fear and intimidation, are under severe stress, having tried heroically to deflect such high-level criticism. The activists' methods have included a brave picket line of twelve.
Government-owned newspapers, on the other hand, have been granted a free hand to praise political benefactors who pay their editors' salaries. Even so, among journalists working on these papers, there remains a substantial number expressing grave concern as they witness the speedy burials of their democratic press freedoms. Members of The Zimbabwe Union of Journalists insist that a battle to save Zimbabwean journalism's soul is fully in progress.
Spokesperson Martin, while blaming homosexuals for anti-government reporting, is said to have waxed furious about their "fat bum, ignoramus, obese, lunatic lies."
Mugabe's Vice-president, Simon Muzenda, has been implicated in bribery scandals by newspapers that have stood outside his government's control. Zimbabwe's Ministry of Information, however, is currently planning full-scale censorship that conveniently hides from all scrutiny those government officials whose corrupt rule may no longer remain a target for investigative critics.