Zimbabwe Journo, Editor Arrested


    In an alert to the media, Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition (CiZC) said police picked up Nyangove at her offices on Wednesday morning. Nyangove’s arrest comes after the independent, Daily News newspaper reported that Zanu (PF) politburo member and former Information minister, Jonathan Moyo is plotting the arrest of journalists from the independent media over stories they have published in the past months which were critical of President Robert Mugabe.

    “The Standard reporter, Patience Nyangove picked up by police over a story written last week on Minister Jameson Timba’s arrest,” CiZC said in a media alert.

    Nyangove in a story titled “MDC-T fears for Timba’s life” wrote that Timba, a key aide to Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai was seized by ‘notorious’ police officer Chrispen Makedenge for allegedly insulting Mugabe by citing that the 87 year old leader is a ‘liar.’

    The paper said Timba was arrested by Chief Superintendent Crispen Makedenge as he left his offices at Charter House on Friday. The paper described Makedenge, who has been accused of torturing human rights activists, as ‘notorious’.

    MDC-T had said it feared for the minister’s life after his lawyers had failed to locate him at several police stations.
    Timba was eventually found in Chitungwiza after the High Court ordered the police to produce him in court on Saturday.
    He was released the following day after High Court Judge Justice Joseph Musakwa ruled that his detention was illegal.

    Madanhire and reporter Nqobani Ndlovu were early this year arrested over a story about police examinations.

    Police information department could not confirm or deny that the two scribes were picked up.

    State controlled broadcaster, the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) has been awash with reports that independent media received funding of three million pounds from the British government, something that has been denied by independent media houses.

    Zimbabwe media has been opening up over the past two years since the formation of the inclusive government. More than four independent newspapers have been granted licences to operate.

    At the height of the political and economic crisis in the country several journalists were denied accreditation while some foreign correspondents were kicked out of the country.