Sunday, December 18, 2005

Zim arrests three radio journalists


Harare - Police and security agents arrested three journalists during a raid on a private radio station, their lawyer said on Friday.

Documents and production equipment were also seized during Thursday's raid at the Voice of the People, part of a crackdown against President Robert Mugabe's critics.

The journalists - Maria Nyaniwa, Nyasha Bosha and Kundai Mugwanda - remained in custody Friday at Harare's main police station, according to their lawyer, Otto Saki.

Authorities are confiscating the passports of prominent critics
He said they would likely be charged with operating a broadcast service without a government license and working as journalists without accreditation - offenses punishable by a fine or jail term under the southern African country's sweeping media laws.

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