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Zimbabwe is on the cusp of political change. The actions of major political players and the international community at this crucial time will determine whether the transition is peaceful or descends into violence.

The Masvingo Magistrate Court in Zimbabwe sentenced journalist Patrick Chitongo to eight months imprisonment for violating the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act by publishing a newspaper. 

Robert Mugabe Zimbabwe

Freedom House issued the following statement following the re-election of President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe to a new five year term. 

Vukasin Petrovic
Senior Director for Program Strategy and Development

In Zimbabwe’s authoritarian system, court intrigue rather than open competition is dominating the contest to succeed 90-year-old strongman Robert Mugabe.



Research Director for Freedom of the Press, Freedom in the World

Jennifer Dunham is the director of research of Freedom of the Press and Freedom in the World, and writes country reports on Southern and East Africa. 

Senior Director for Program Strategy and Development

Executive Vice President

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Change and ‘New’ Politics in Zimbabwe

Zimbabweans are showing the evidence of having been torn in all directions in the transitional period, according to a new poll sponsored by Freedom House and conducted by South African political analyst Susan Booysen and the Mass Public Opinion Institute in Harare.

Worst of the Worst 2007

Sudan, North Korea and Uzbekistan are prominent among the most repressive regimes in the world, according to a report released by Freedom House.  The study, “The Worst of the Worst: The World's Most Repressive Societies 2007,” named seventeen countries with the worst records for political rights and civil liberties, and pointed to thirteen countries which have been on the list for five years or more.


Since 2006, Freedom House has worked with upwards of 60 civil society organizations in Zimbabwe, providing a broad range of support from trainings in strategic planning and organizational security, to programs that effectively mobilize popular civic engagement.