Arrest of journalists is own goal

zim_prisons.jpgThe Zimbabwe Union of Journalists (ZUJ) has expressed outrage at the escalation of harassment of journalists in the country.

The latest assault on press freedom was launched by the law and order
section of the Zimbabwe Republic Police who stormed the offices of the
Zimbabwe Independent newspaper over the weekend as they sought to
arrest the newspaper's editor, Vincent Kahiya and its news editor,
Constantine Chimakure, said the union's secretary-general, Foster
Dongozi.

The two were wanted in connection with a story based on a public
document that revealed the identities of security officers behind the
abduction of journalists and civic society activists last year.

The two handed themselves in to police on Monday.

The irony is that the manhunt for the two was launched on the day that
a conference to reform the media was underway, said Dongozi.

The detention of Kahiya and Chimakure comes at a time when the editor
of The Sunday News, Brezhnev Malaba, and journalist Nduduzo Tshuma are
facing criminal defamation charges for publishing a story that
implicated the police in a corruption scandal involving grain.

Broadcaster Jestina Mukoko has been dragged in and out of jail on
allegations of recruiting bandits while freelance photo-journalist
Andrison Manyere is in custody on similar charges.

In view of ongoing attempts to rebrand the country in order to attract
investment and tourism, the latest move amounts to a spectacular own
goal, said Dongozi.

BY STAFF REPORTER

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