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Zimbabwe journalist arrested for war veterans recruitment article

By Andrew Moran     Nov 18, 2010 in World
Bulawayo - A journalist with the weekly Standard newspaper has been arrested by Zimbabwe police over an article that reported on the police force hiring war veterans in order to increase its power for the upcoming elections.
On Wednesday, Bulawayo newspaper journalist Nqobani Ndlovu was arrested when he handed himself over to the local police authorities after detectives called The Standard several times, according to NewsDay.
Police arrested Ndlovu over a story he published which highlights that police were recruiting war veterans for senior positions prior to the elections that are scheduled to be held next year.
This is important because ahead of the 2008 elections, President Robert Mugabe’s Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) was accused of using war veterans to torture, assault and threaten opposition supporters.
Ndlovu was to be charged with “publishing a defamatory statement against the police.”
The journalist’s lawyer, Josphat Tshuma, confirmed that his client was detained and that he went to the Bulawayo Central Police Station and was told that Ndlovu could not be taken to court. Tshuma filed a chamber application at the High Court to release Ndlovu.
“I asked the officer in charge at the station whether they would take him to court today and they said no as they were yet to interview the editor and the company’s representative as they want to jointly charge them,” said Tshuma. “The detectives investigating the case will decide tomorrow (Friday) whether to send him to court or apply for an extension of detention.”
Tshuma further added that police officers attempted to force Ndlovu to reveal his sources: “Ndlovu was asked to reveal his sources, of which he said it was unethical for him as a journalist to disclose his sources.”
Authorities say the story is false and are searching for the newspaper’s editor Nevanji Madanhire.
Last week, authorities issued a warrant for the owner and editor of The Zimbabwean, Wilf Mbanga, according to Voice of America News. Police say he allegedly published a false story about the 2008 death of an Electoral Commission official but Mbanga denies he ever published a story in his newspaper.
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