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Journalists' criminal defamation case postponed
May 10, 2010
Olivia Mariga on 6 May 2010 postponed to 26 May 2010 the case in
which five journalists are state witnesses in the trial of Harare
mayor Muchadeyi Masunda and eight councillors on allegations of
criminally defaming businessman Philip Chiyangwa. The postponement
came after the mayor and councillors filed an application to the
High Court challenging their placement on remand.
Stanley Gama who was subpoenaed as a state witness together with
four other journalists namely Vincent Kahiya the Zimbabwe Independent
editor- in- chief, the Standard editor Nevanji Madanhire and reporters
Feluna Nleya and Jennifer Dube also appeared in court on 6 May 2010.
defamation suit stems from the story that was published in The Sunday
Times and the Standard's weekly's edition of 28 March
to 3 April 2010.
The story revealed
that a special Harare council committee investigating the allocation
of land had recommended that Chiyangwa should be arrested for alleged
The story was
based on a 54-page report
titled: Special Investigations Committees report on City of Harare's
Land Sales, Leases and Exchanges from the period October 2004 to
The state alleges
that the mayor and the councillors defamed Chiyangwa by leaking
the report whose contents were published by the Standard and The
Sunday Times of South Africa before it was debated by the full council.
the MISA-Zimbabwe fact
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