Facebook Comment Leads To Arrest In Zimbabwe

from the free-speech-isn't-free dept

Slashdot points us to a report out of Zimbabwe, claiming that a guy has been arrested for a Facebook comment. Apparently he commented on the Facebook page that supposedly belongs to the country's Prime Minister, Morgan Tsvangirai, where he said:
"I am overwhelmed, I don't want to say Mr. or PM what happened in Egypt is sending shockwaves to dictators around the world. No weapon but unity of purpose worth emulating, hey."
The guy was actually arrested before the police realized what he had written. An anonymous tipster claimed that the guy had sent a "security threat" via his phone, so he was arrested. Police then searched his phone and found that message. He's now been charged with "advocating or attempting to take-over government by unconstitutional means," and prosecutors have asked for him to be denied bail. Seems like an extreme response to a simple Facebook comment.
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    Hephaestus (profile), 9 Mar 2011 @ 7:14am

    Re: To average Commie - Facebook is merely a tool to take them down...

    "Do not be surprised if more countries take the P.R. China approach and outright block access and the use of websites like this."

    At which point tools will be developed that use encryption and that route around the block. The routing around has already happened in egypt and lybia via sneaker net and friends outside the country, its the next game of wac-a-mole, trying to prevent people from communicating.

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