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Zimbabwe: Journalist arrest a tactic to intimidate him and others for doing their work

Publisher Amnesty International
Publication Date 3 October 2017
Cite as Amnesty International, Zimbabwe: Journalist arrest a tactic to intimidate him and others for doing their work, 3 October 2017, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/59d4dd924.html [accessed 16 December 2017]
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In response to the arrest of Newsday journalist Kenneth Nyangani for reporting that first lady Grace Mugabe and officials from the ruling ZANU-PF party donated used clothes, including night dresses and underwear, to the party's supporters in Mutare, Cousin Zilala, Executive Director of Amnesty International Zimbabwe said:

"The arrest of Kenneth Nyangani is a deliberate tactic to harass and intimidate him and other journalists in order to deter them from doing their work. The intention is to send a chilling message to journalists and media workers that they must self-censor rather than expose truths.

"Zimbabwean journalists should not be criminalized simply for doing their work. Kenneth Nyangani must be released immediately and unconditionally and all charges against him dropped."

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