Stop Old Mutuals Support for Mugabe's Propaganda Machine sign now

Subject: Withdraw Support for Zimbabwe Newspapers Ltd. and the Mugabe Regime

Dear Mr. Roberts,

After being subjected to years of threats, intimidation, and violence by the dictatorial Mugabe regime, there are few outlets for independent press left in Zimbabwe. State-run newspapers like The Herald have filled the void that remains with reporting that is entirely and unashamedly one-sided. They are run by editorial staff that are so insulated from criticism that they no longer make any pretence of impartiality or respect for freedom of press. The newspapers operated by the state through Zimbabwe Newspapers Ltd. (including The Herald, The Sunday Mail, Kwayedza, The Sunday News, The Chronicle, and The Manica Post) are among Zanu PFвs most vital tools for retaining its place as one of the most infamously corrupt and brutal governments of the last decade.

It has come to our attention that Old Mutual is the second largest shareholder in Zimbabwe Newspapers Ltd. and is thus guilty of directly supporting the Mugabe regime. While the international community, appalled by the actions of the Zanu PF leadership, imposes sanctions on Zimbabwe, your companyвs investment is essentially arming Mugabeвs propaganda machineвthe equivalent to loading bullets into the guns that kill oppositional voices in Zimbabwe. In light of the detrimental effects of forced migration of recent years, we consider your interest in the company a direct attack on the impoverished people of not only Zimbabwe, but also those of South Africa. We are shocked and dismayed that a company with so much to lose, considering its international profile, has chosen to include the Mugabe regime's propaganda newspapers in its investment portfolio.

We demand that Old Mutual publicly withdraw its stakes in Zimbabwe Newspapers Ltd. and openly apologise for an investment that we sincerely hope was an accidental oversight on your part. Should Old Mutual ignore this request, we will be forced to embark on protest actions, and plan to engage as many Old Mutual policy holders as possible.

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Latest Signatures

  • 11 February 20161000. Elinor Izabellaerikai
    how can you support such a man,a vicious racist
  • 11 February 2016999. Cliff C
    I support this petition
  • 10 February 2016998. Anthony C
    Its a disgrace(parden the pun) that a upstanding establishment have its name and reputation associated with the tyrant of africa i for one am fortunate to say tha i do not invest in this establishment therfore i can and do sleep well at night knowing that
  • 10 February 2016997. Robert G
    Mr Roberts might like to read some of the vitriolic articles published in these newspapers to undeerstand our concerns.
  • 07 February 2016996. Ralph H
    I support this petition
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  • 05 February 2016993. Louis O
    What can I say? Shameful...
  • 05 February 2016992. Karin H
    I support this petition
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  • 03 February 2016990. E Jc
    Get out now!!!
  • 03 February 2016989. Wayne G
    I support this petition
  • 02 February 2016988. Ian K
    I am a pensionless contributor to your ghastly organisation who has nothing to show after years of contributions in REAL MONEY! You are beyond contempt.
  • 01 February 2016987. Magdalena G
  • 01 February 2016986. Tertius M
    I support this petition
  • 30 January 2016985. Lee B
    what interests of investors when its common knowledge that herald is a loss making entity. STOP
  • 27 January 2016984. Daniel K
    I support this petition
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    I support this petition
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    I support this petition
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    I support this petition
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    I support this petition
  • 22 January 2016979. Charmaine J
    It is about time that companies put people, not to exclude morals and ethics, before profits.
  • 20 January 2016978. Michele K
    I support this petition
  • 20 January 2016977. Dawn B
    Help Zimbabwians to return home.
  • 19 January 2016976. Gail W
    I support this petition
  • 19 January 2016975. Jon P
    Really, how could you? Stop Old Mutuals support for Mugabes propaganda machine NOW!
  • 17 January 2016974. Jude F
    Please listen, people more important than money and power.

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Mallory HardinBy:
International PolicyIn:
Petition target:
Julian Roberts, CEO, Old Mutual


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