As Committee To Protect Journalists Calls for his release
Zimbabwean Police has arrested a NewsDay journalist Kenneth Nyangani over a story on first lady’s underwear donation
Police first indicated they would charge the journalist with criminal defamation, which has been declared unconstitutional by the country’s court
However, the Committee to Protect Journalists has called on Zimbabwean authorities to immediately release Nyangani and drop all charges against him.
Nyangani was arrested on 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 said.
“Zimbabwean authorities should stop harassing Kenneth Nyangani and release him immediately without charge,”
“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” said CPJ Africa Program Coordinator Angela Quintal