Media analysts have urged Zimbabwe and other African countries to take a valuable lesson about the concept of western views on the free media from the News of the World telephone hacking scandal which has rocked Britain.
Europe and the rest of the world is shaking after revelations that News of the World, a subsidiary of News Cooperation, which is one of the globeâ€™s most influential news conglomerates, has been hacking into peopleâ€™s private telephone conversations all in a bid to get news scoops.
Media expert, Dr Tafataona Mahoso said the News of the World telephone hacking scandal shows that media practitioners in any country need some limits and guidelines as a way to deal with journalists who go out of their way committing crimes in the name of investigative journalism.
A media analyst, Mr Alexander Rusero said the hacking scandal should serve as a lesson to the Third World that the concept of free media is a myth, saying people should judge from the way the British government has reacted to the scandal that even the West can not practice what they preach.
The British government has already responded to the scandal by closing the News of the World, and the scrapping of News Corporationâ€™s proposed takeover of BskyB while a proposal to impose stiffer media restrictions is on the cards.
This has been interpreted as a clear indication that Britain can no longer afford the concept of a total free media.
News Cooperation was founded by media mogul, Rupert Murdoch, who enjoys the biggest stake in the conglomerate and has media interests across the world.Â Â