Econet seizes online publication’s computers

THE Deputy Sheriff has seized computers and intercepted information from business online publication – The Source – in search of sensitive documents that Econet Wireless claimed were stolen.However, the move has widely been seen as a serious blow to freedom of expression.

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High Court Judge, Justice Joseph Musakwa on March 16, 2015, granted an order for Econet Wireless and Steward Bank to search The Source premises in Harare’s Central Business District.

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The Deputy Sheriff swooped the newsroom this morning (Thursday) and took away computers and other files which were handed to the High Court Registrar.

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Econet Wireless and Steward Bank were cited as the applicants while The Source and its reporters are the respondents.

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The application filed on March 11, 2015 showed that the applicants were aggrieved by two articles published by the online publication titled ‘Steward Bank seeks $2,1 million to settle Chiyangwa loan ’ and “Debt distressed Zimbabwe moves to reschedule domestic debt”. The articles were published on March 2, 2015 and February 26, 2015 respectively.

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The Source has since approached the Constitutional Court.