Phiri trial set for July

The trial of Gift Phiri, chief reporter for The Zimbabwean, who is facing charges of practicing journalism without accreditation has at last been set for July 9 2007. It was moved from June 4 as the trial magistrate is on leave.
Phiri is charged with contravening of Section 79 (1) and S

ection 80(1) (b) of the restrictive Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (AIPPA).
Section 79(1) of AIPPA relates to practicing journalism without accreditation while Section 80 creates the offence of abuse of journalistic privilege.
Phiri is on bail of Z$100,000 (US$400) with stringent reporting conditions. He was arrested at Sunningdale Shopping Centre in Harare on April 1, 2007. He was brutally assaulted by the police and spent four nights in the cells. – MISA

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