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December 13, 2010

Journalists' arrests in Zimbabwe raise concerns

A recent spate of journalists' arrests in Zimbabwe has compelled the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) and more than 100 journalists to petition Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai to stop the harassment of the media. According to MISA, among other cases, the petition is a reaction to the arrest of Nqobani Ndlovu from The Standard newspaper. Ndlovu was arrested on November 17 in Bulawayo, detained for nine days and charged over an article he wrote that allegedly made defamatory statements... MORE
November 30, 2010

Zimbabwean journalist released, more than a week after arrest

Zimbabwean journalist Nqobani Ndlovu was released on November 25, more than a week after he was arrested in connection with a report alleging that the police force was allowing former war veterans and retired officers to take up senior posts without sitting for promotional examinations. His lawyers are now challenging the constitutionality of the law under which Ndlovu was charged. “We feel it does not constitute a crime and should be struck off Zimbabwe’s Constitution,” Attorney Josphat Tshuma... MORE
November 24, 2010

Zimbabwe government blocks bail for journalist

Zimbabwe authorities Tuesday prevented The Standard newspaper reporter Nqodani Ndlovu from leaving detention, overruling a court decision to grant him bail, media reports said. Ndlovu was arrested in connection with a November 14 report alleging that the police force was allowing former war veterans and retired officers to take up senior posts without sitting for promotional examinations. War veterans are seen as being closely tied to President Robert Mugabe and the ruling party, ZANU-PF... MORE
November 18, 2010

Zimbabwe detains reporter on criminal defamation charges

Reporter Nqobani Ndlovu remained in police custody on Thursday despite expectations that he would appear in court on criminal defamation charges, local journalists told New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). Police in Zimbabwe's second largest city, Bulawayo, arrested Ndlovu, a reporter for the private weekly Standard , on Wednesday and charged him with criminal defamation in relation to an article concerning the cancellation of police promotion examinations, according to local... MORE
November 17, 2010

Zimbabwe: Bill would restrict public access to official information

Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) has called for the withdrawal of bill which is about to be submitted to parliament and which would allow the authorities to block public access to official documents including judicial decisions, new legislation and public records. Announced on October 22 and called the “General Law Amendment Bill,” the proposed law’s sole aim seems to be to place additional obstacles in the way of access to information and thereby hamper the work... MORE
November 11, 2010

In Zimbabwe, arrest warrant against veteran editor

Zimbabwean police have issued an arrest warrant issued last week against exiled editor Wilf Mbanga concerning a 2008 story about the murder of an election official, the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has reported. Zimbabwe Republic Police Chief Superintendent Andrew Phiri told CPJ on Wednesday that Mbanga, publisher of the The Zimbabwean newspaper, which is edited in London and South Africa and distributed in Zimbabwe, was wanted for an article "prejudicial to the state... MORE
August 16, 2010

Zimbabwe minister threatens press with jail over leaks

A Zimbabwean minister who threatened to jail journalists who used information he said had been leaked from cabinet meetings, according to New York-based press freedom group Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). Information Minister Webster Shamu made the threat on August 4. Shamu said that journalists and ministers could face jail sentences of up to 20 years under the 1970 Official Secrets Act for using confidential information from cabinet proceedings to "further their political agendas."... MORE
October 30, 2007

Zimbabwe to consider banned newspaper's application

HARARE, Oct 30 (Reuters) - Zimbabwe named a new board on Tuesday to consider an application to reopen the country's largest private newspaper, four years after it was banned. The government said it was replacing a commission which had rejected a licence application for Associated Newspapers of Zimbabwe's (ANZ) Daily News and Daily News on Sunday, which have been critical of President Robert Mugabe. Zimbabwe's Supreme Court ruled in 2003 the company was publishing its two titles outside the law... MORE
March 27, 2007

Mugabe now threatens foreign reporters for 'biased' reporting

A beleaguered Robert Mugabe has now threatened foreign correspondents with unspecified government reprisal in capital Harare over alleged biased reporting. Zimbabwe's veteran leader Robert Mugabe at his birthday celebrations in Mkoba, Gweru, central Zimbabwe, February 2007. Mugabe has denounced opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai as a stooge of the West in the face of mounting international condemnation of his rule. (AFP/File/Desmond Kwande) Prominent correspondents Jan Raath of the Times of... MORE