MONTREAL, June 27 /CNW Telbec/ - Reporters Without Borders is concerned
about freelance reporter Frank Chikowore and a cameraman so far identified
only by the first name of Edgar, who were arrested this morning while covering
President Robert Mugabe's arrival at a polling station to vote.
"These journalists are the victims of the climate of constant oppression
being imposed by the government and security forces, and should be released at
once," Reporters Without Borders said. "We appeal to the Zimbabwean courts not
to be accomplices to these abuses, and to protect the few independent
journalists still working in Zimbabwe."
It is not known why Chikowore and Frank were arrested at Mpofu primary
school in the Harare neighbourhood of Highfields, when Mugabe went there to
cast his vote in today's second-round elections. They were initially taken to
Southerton police station, but their present location is unknown. It may be
the "Law and Order" section of Harare central police station.
For further information:
For further information: Katherine Borlongan, Executive Director,
Reporters Without Borders Canada, (514) 521-4111, firstname.lastname@example.org