US: Media watchdog demands release of Zimbabwe journalist

New York, US (PANA) - Media watchdog Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has called on Zimbabwean authorities to immediately release NewsDay journalist Kenneth Nyangani and drop all charges against him.

CPJ said in a statement on Tuesday in New York that Nyangani was arrested on Monday and charged with criminal nuisance. He is said to have been arrested for reporting that First Lady Grace Mugabe had donated used underwear to supporters of the country's ruling ZANU-PF party, according to his lawyer, Passmore Nyakureba.

Police first indicated they would charge the journalist with criminal defamation, which has been declared unconstitutional by the country's court, Nyakureba was quoted as saying by Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights. Nyangani will appear in court tomorrow.

"Zimbabwean authorities should stop harassing Kenneth Nyangani and release him immediately without charge," said CPJ Africa Programme Coordinator Angela Quintal.

"The fact that police had to fish for a new charge because their first accusation was unconstitutional shows that this arrest is aimed squarely at intimidating Zimbabwean journalists into self-censorship," Quintal said.
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04 october 2017 10:06:56

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