Acting Editor Bill Saidi of the independent Zimbabwean weekly Standard newspaper said Thursday that an apparent death threat against him and the publication's staff for publishing a cartoon critical of the government reflects the chilly media environment.
Earlier this week Saidi received an envelope containing a bullet and a warning to "be careful," along with a copy of the offending cartoon, which was published January 28 and showed baboons laughing at the payslip of a Zimbabwean soldier.
Saidi said the cartoon was intended to focus attention on the very low pay received by troops, and may have angered senior officers of the Zimbabwe defense forces.
The Media Institute of Southern Africa’s Zimbabwe chapter condemned the incident, saying it should not have occurred in a country that values an independent press.
Though disconcerted by the message, Saidi told reporter Ndimyake Mwakalyelye of VOA's Studio 7 For Zimbabwe that he intends to keep doing his job.
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