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Standard journalist arrested
November 17, 2010
Nqobani Ndlovu a reporter with the weekly Standard newspaper who
is based in Bulawayo was on 17 November 2010 arrested in connection
with a story alleging the cancellation of police promotional examinations.
Newsday Bulawayo bureau chief Dumisani Sibanda , Ndlovu, who is
being held at Bulawayo Central police station is likely to be charged
with criminal defamation in terms of the Criminal
Law (Codification and Reform) Act. Sibanda said the police were
now also reportedly looking for the editor of the Standard Nevanji
Ndlovu is the
author of the story which was carried by the Standard on 14 November
2010 alleging that the examinations were being scrapped to facilitate
the absorption of war veterans and retired police officers in the
police force ahead of the 2011 elections. Alpha Media Holdings are
publishers of the Standard, Newsday and Zimbabwe Independent.
On 16 November
2010 the police briefly detained and questioned Sibanda at Bulawayo
Central Police station in connection with the same story. Sibanda
told MISA-Zimbabwe that police from the Criminal Investigations
Department's Law and Order section picked him from the Newsday offices
in Bulawayo on 16 November 2010. He said the police wanted him to
disclose the whereabouts of Ndlovu, the author of the story in question,
as a precondition for his release. He was later released on the
same day after telling them that Nqobani was out of town.
the MISA-Zimbabwe fact
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