Press Gazette and the NUJ have started a very worthy appeal. To help journalists get the news out of Zimbabwe, they are asking for hacks here to donate any kit such as laptops and cameras to their counterparts.

If you can donate anything – an old mobile phone, an outmoded (for the UK) laptop – please do. I know it’s coming up to Xmas and every charity out there is competing for your attention, but to paraphrase that well-known cliché, democracy is for life, not just Christmas. Unloading hardware you no longer need or use will really help make a difference in a country where reporting what’s happening has become extremely difficult.

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