The Cost of Really Bad Government
When does a press pass cost $27 billion?
When you’re a local reporter in Zimbabwe working for a foreign news outlet. Foreign Policy‘s Passport Blog reports that the government in Zimbabwe will begin assessing local journalists a fee of between $1,000 and $3,000 U.S. for the right to send news out of the country.
Considering the country’s 231 million percent inflation rate, $3,000 U.S. amounts to billions of Zimbabwe dollars.