Zimbabwean Editor Arrested Over Report

Published on Wednesday 1st December 2010

Authorities in Zimbabwe have arrested the editor of a weekly newspaper that said police are hiring "war veterans" to bolster the force ahead of possible elections.Police said Tuesday they had arrested Nevanji Madanhire of the independent Standard newspaper.  The editor's lawyer, Chris Mhike, said Madanhire has been charged with publishing false statements prejudicial to the state.The reporter who wrote the story, Nqobani Ndlovu, spent eight days in jail before being released on bail on Friday.Zimbabwean journalists operate under strict media rules that critics say are meant to suppress opposition.The veterans of Zimbabwe's liberation war are mostly loyal to President Robert Mugabe.  Rights groups have accused them of beating and intimidating his opponents in the past.Mr. Mugabe has called for new elections to be held by mid-2011, despite warnings that the country has not fully recovered from a deep political and economic crisis.The president was forced to enter into a unity government with the opposition MDC party, after the disputed and violence-plagued 2008 elections.Relations with the MDC have been rocky.  Last week, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai filed a lawsuit against Mr. Mugabe, alleging that he violated the constitution and terms of their power-sharing deal.



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