Standard journalists further remanded

The trial of The Standard editor Nevanji Madanhire, journalist Patience Nyangove and Alpha Media Holdings (AMH) group resources manager Loud Ramakgapola, has been pushed to 4 December 2012.

Nevanji Madanhire
Nevanji Madanhire

The three are being charged with criminal defamation and their trial hangs in balance since the Supreme Court is still to make a constitutional determination on the matter.

They appeared briefly at the Harare Magistrates Court on Wednesday 1 August 2012 where they were remanded to 4 December 2012 while awaiting the Supreme Court ruling on the appeal.

Background

The trio is being charged with criminal defamation following the publication of a story in The Standard issue of 26 June -2 July 2011 titled: MDC-T fears for missing Timba. The three made an application in terms of section 24(2) of the Constitution of Zimbabwe in December 2011, challenging that the charge infringed on their right to freely express themselves and disseminate information without fear or favour.

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