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Published: May 12, 2009
Harare(ZimEye)The two journalists from the Zimbabwe’s weekly newspaper the Zimbabwe Independent who were arrested yesterday are to be charged for allegedly publishing ‘falsehoods’. Their news story has been ‘deemed’ by police to be to undermine public confidence in law enforcement and security agents.
On Friday the 8th of May the weekly paper published a story about alleged abduction and torture of MDC-T and human rights activists by law enforcement agents.
The paper published a list of 8 senior law enforcement agents who the paper exposed for abductions and torture.
Police spokesperson senior assistant commissioner Wayne Bvudzijena confirmed that both scribes were arrested and would appear in court soon. The two will be charged under the Criminal Law(Codification and Reform) Act for publishing or communicating a statement wholly or with the intention of undermining public confidence in law enforcement agents.
The two editors are Vincent Kahiya and Constantine Chimakure.
Ironically these arrests come against the background of a media conference held in Kariba last week in order to create an enabling working environment for journalists in Zimbabwe. Incumbent Attorney General, Johannes Tomana re-iterated that as long as present laws like AIPPA and POSA are in effect they will be enforced until new legislation is promulgated. (ZimEye, Zimbabwe)