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arrested over satirical play released without charges
October 04, 2007
James Jemwa, actors Sylvanos Mudzvova and Anthony Tongani who were
arrested on 23 September 2007 were released without charges after
spending two nights in custody at Harare Central Police Station.
The three were arrested
during the performance of the satirical play, Final Push, which
depicts the country's seven-year socio-economic political
According to Daniel Maphosa,
the play's technical director and producer, the three were
arrested in Harare Gardens' Theatre in the Park by plainclothes
police officers who were part of the audience that had gathered
to watch the play. Mudzvova and Tongani were arrested backstage
and bundled into a police truck.
Jemwa who was filming
the play was arrested when he went backstage to investigate what
was going on. "The arrests are a travesty of justice and an
affront to freedom of expression. Our space for public debate and
free expression is shrinking daily," said Maphosa.
the MISA-Zimbabwe fact
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