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Police search for Zimbabwe Independent journalists
August 12, 2011
the Law and Order section on 11 August 2011 visited Alpha Media
Holdings (AMH) offices in search Zimbabwe Independent editor Constantine
Chimakure and senior political reporter Wongai Zhangazha over a
story the paper published in its edition of 8 July 2011.
The visit is
the second in less than a week.
and Makore reportedly spoke to Chief Executive Officer Raphael Khumalo
over the story titled, Ministers rejected Kasukuwere plan. The detectives
told Khumalo that they wanted the two to assist in investigations
of who 'leaked' the details of the story as it was based
on Cabinet deliberations, which is an offence under the Official
The story alleged
that the two MDC formations had resisted attempts by the Minister
of Youth Development, Indigenisation and Empowerments to re-introduce
the National Youth Service training programme arguing it was a ZANU
PF election strategy.
The Independent, 12-18 August, 2011, Chimakure has since stated
that the story did not originate from Cabinet but from senior officials
in both ZANU PF and the MDC as well as from Non-Governmental Organisations.
He stated that they were aware that they could be charged under
the Official Secrets Act if they were to wrote the story based on
The search for
Chimakure and Zhangazha is the fourth attack and harassment of media
professionals in Zimbabwe in less than two months. It follows the
of journalists in Ntabazinduna, the attack
of journalists while covering the public hearing on the Human
Rights Bill at the Parliament
of Zimbabwe and the arrest
of a Kwekwe -based journalist while covering a community event.
the MISA-Zimbabwe fact
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