Editor’s trial postponed (25-09-07)

The trial of Bright Chbvuri the editor of the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions’ The Worker magazine charged under the repressive Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (AIPPA) was on 25 September 2007 postponed to the next day in Zimbabwe ’s border town of Plumtree

The trial had initially been set for 25-26 September 2007. MISA-Zimbabwe reliably understands that the trial was postponed to 26 September 2007 because the trial magistrate was reportedly not feeling well.

Chibvuri who was arrested in Plumtree on 3 March 2007 spent two nights in police custody and was only released on 5 March 2007 when he appeared before a Plumtree magistrate on charges of contravening Section 83 of AIPPA which penalises the practice of journalism without accreditation.

At the time of his arrest, Chibvuri had already applied for accreditation but had not received a response from the Media and Information Commission (MIC). He has since been duly accredited.

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