TV journalist nominated for CNN title

Investigative journalist Peter Moyo was arrested and then abducted for exposing dirty diamond dealing in Zimbabwe.

BY SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT
JOHANNESBURG

The journalist arrested while uncovering a diamond-smuggling story in Zimbabwe has been nominated for the title of CNN MultiChoice African Journalist 2008.


Zimbabwean reporter and television producer Peter Moyo, who works for independent South African e.tv, was chosen from around 900 other journalists from across Africa.Moyo is an investigative producer for e.tv’s current affairs programme 3rd Degree. According to CNN’s Senior Vice President and Managing Director, Maggie Eales, Peter Moyo was chosen as a finalist for his two entries, Mugabe’s Diamonds and The Root of All Evil , which were entered into the Free Press Award and News Feature categories respectively.

Moyo was arrested last year while secretly filming diamond-smuggling in Zimbabwe. During his trial, the head of Zimbabwe’s Media Information Commission, Dr Tafataona Mahoso, tried unsuccessfully to have Moyo charged under the notorious Public Order and Security Act (POSA). He even went as far as to instruct the judge to give Moyo the maximum sentence of three years for violating the country’s draconian media laws.
After the conclusion of his trial, in which Peter Moyo was fined for reporting without accreditation, the country’s Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) pounced and abducted Moyo as he passed through Harare. He managed to escape and bring out the documentary on the shady deals in Zimbabwe’s newly discovered diamond industry. The Zimbabwean government reacted by banning Moyo and the entire e.tv station from covering this year’s election.

The Root of All Evil exposed crooked pastors who connived with a conman to run a pyramid scheme, fleecing church faithfuls of more than R76m. The story exposed one of the biggest scandals to hit the church establishment in South Africa. However, while many pastors have since been disgraced and defrocked, the conman, Wayne Jones is still on the run, bolting out of an interview with e.tv in the last minute.

Moyo will travel to Ghana for the award ceremony in July.On the nomination Moyo said: It has been long coming. After working so hard in the last year, I am very happy to see that my work is being acknowledged. It’s the best thing to ever happen to my career. I am grateful to my bosses at e.tv who supported me through thick and thin during my incarceration and abduction in Zimbabwe. This nomination is dedicated to all those who can’t sleep [because they are] day and night fighting for media freedom, fighting for the right for people to know.

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