MONTREAL, June 30 /CNW Telbec/ - Reporters Without Borders today
condemned the arrest of seven Zimbabwean and foreign journalists during the
run-off presidential election that was a foregone conclusion on 27 June. Three
of them are still being held.
"In its negotiations with Robert Mugabe, the African Union should remind
the outgoing head of state that journalism is not a crime", the worldwide
press freedom organisation said.
Police arrested British freelance photographer Richard Judson and
Zimbabwean freelance journalists Regis Marisamhuka and Agrison Manyenge on
polling day and they are still being held without charge at a Harare police
Tumaole Mohlaoli and Elelewani Ramphumedzi, respectively journalist and
cameraman on privately-owned South African television e.tv, were arrested on
the same day in the southern border town of Beitbridge. They were freed after
negotiations with South African police, after spending one night in custody.
Freelance journalist Frank Chikowore and cameraman Edgar Mwandiambira,
who were arrested close to the Mhofu primary school in the Highfields district
of Harare were released after voting ended, also without charge. They were
first taken to Southerton police station before being transferred to a station
"In a Zimbabwe that is mired in an unprecedented crisis, independent
witnesses are seen as enemies of the presidential party", Reporters Without
Borders said. "Arrests have become the rule and the Zimbabwean justice system
is bogged down in Kafkaesque political cases."
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