(Xinhua) -- Two journalists from the
privately-owned NewsDay newspaper were on Friday arrested by
police on charges on undermining or insulting President Robert
Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR)
communications officer Kumbirai Mafunda confirmed the arrest, in
a Facebook post, of the two journalists together with company
"In Harare, ZLHR lawyer Obey Shava has been deployed to offer
emergency legal services to NewsDay journalists Richard Chidza (Chidza
Sachidza) and Wisdom Mdzungairi who is the newspaper’s Editor
and Sifikile Thabete representing Alpha Media Holdings,
publishers of the newspaper," Mafunda said.
"Chidza, Mudzungairi and Thabete have now been formally
charged with undermining or insulting the President in
contravention of Section 33 of the Criminal Law (Codification
and Reform) Act," He said.
Mafunda said police officers claim that the journalists
insulted Mugabe after they published an article titled "Mugabe
in fresh health scare" on March. 2, 2017 where they alleged that
Mugabe is afflicted by prostate cancer.
The newspaper also confirmed the arrest in a report Friday,
saying the three handed themselves at Harare Central Police
Station where they were summoned to report to the Law and Order
The trio was later released into the custody of their lawyer
The arrest came after Mugabe traveled to Singapore on
Wednesday for a scheduled medical review, according to his
spokesperson, George Charamba.
He is expected back in the country on Monday.
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