Poles rally against new surveillance law

TVC NEWS : Thousands of Poles marched through Warsaw on Saturday (January 23) to protest against their government's plan to increase its surveillance powers. Some said they feared Poland was following Hungary towards an "illiberal democracy." Since Poland's Law and Justice (PiS) party took power in November, its moves to take more control of the judiciary and the media have divided Poland and raised alarm bells in the Europe Union, which has started investigating charges that Warsaw is undermining democratic principles. "Without democracy none of us can be free, therefore we have to fight for democracy. We have to fight for the fundamentals of the system of our country," one of the organizers, Mateusz Kijowski, appealed to the demonstrators gathered in front of the presidential palace. There were no figures available on the size of the crowd. "We are against the activity taken by the governing majority against the freedom. This starting from destroying...

Zimbabwe court outlaws early marriage

TVC NEWS ( ZIMBABWE ): Diplomats and activists on Wednesday welcomed news that Zimbabwe's highest court had banned marriage for all under 18s in a landmark ruling many hope will be followed by other countries in Africa. The ruling was delivered Wednesday morning unanimously by all nine judges in Zimbabwe's Constitutional Court - but it took a year for it to be delivered. The new minimum age applies to both males and females. "Good news! great victory for the girls & people of #Zimbabwe #EndChildMarriage," tweeted @UNZimbabwe. British ambassador to Zimbabwe Catriona Laing is happy about the ruling and so he went on his social page to tweet: "#Zim courts give #ZimGirls a chance at life by saying #NoToChildMarriage #KeepHerSafe". The case was brought by legal watchdog Veritas, and argued by former finance minister Tendai Biti, who is a lawyer. They wanted existing laws which either did not set a minimum age for marriage or...