October 03, 2017
Published 19 days ago
NEW YORK - The Committee to Protect Journalists Tuesday called on Zimbabwean authorities to immediately release NewsDay journalist Kenneth Nyangani and drop all charges against him.
Nyangani was arrested Monday and charged with criminal nuisance for reporting that First Lady Grace Mugabe had donated used underwear to supporters of the country's ruling ZANU-PF party, his lawyer, Passmore Nyakureba, told CPJ.
Police first indicated they would charge the journalist with criminal defamation, which has been declared unconstitutional by the country's court, Nyakureba was quoted as saying by Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights. Nyangani will appear in court Wednesday.
"Zimbabwean authorities should stop harassing Kenneth Nyangani and release him immediately without charge," said CPJ Africa Program Coordinator Angela Quintal. "The fact that police had to fish for a new charge because their first accusation was unconstitutional shows that this arrest is aimed squarely at intimidating Zimbabwean journalists into self-censorship."
Daily Times, December 22, 2016
I don’t know if this happens to you but every now and then I receive a letter from a lieutenant of a former despot who has $250 million with him which he needs to park and he is willing to give me half. This is usually on messenger and once in a way on email and somehow passes the safety net of the junk mail docket.