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MISA warns of increasing media intimidation
November 07, 2012
watchdog MISA-Zimbabwe has warned that there are an increasing number
of incidents involving intimidation of the media, ahead of the next
the editor of the Weekly Mirror provincial newspaper in Mashonaland
West was arrested Tuesday on allegations of operating a media house
without a licence, in contravention of the Access
to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (AIPPA).
was held in detention overnight before being brought before Chinoyi
Magistrate Fanuel Nyakudya on Wednesday. The magistrate sentenced
Kagonye to two months in prison with the option of a US$100 fine,
which he elected to pay.
also handed a suspended sentence of six months imprisonment, on
condition he does not commit a similar offence within the next five
arrest comes barely two weeks after he was summoned by the police
following the publication of an article in the Weekly Mirror in
September, titled: "Chief terrorises headman". It is
unclear yet whether his arrest was in any way connected to this,
but observers have said it all forms part of the widespread intimidation
of media players
information officer, Nyasha Nyakunu, told SW Radio Africa that Kagonye's
case also "vindicates our position that AIPPA is undemocratic."
He explained that charges against Kagonye should not have been tried
as a criminal case.
shows the need for an electoral roadmap ahead of the next elections
that will guarantee the reform of the media to ensure the safety
of media professionals. If these laws are still in place come elections,
then more journalists will be arrested," Nyakunu warned.
the MISA-Zimbabwe fact
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