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AG withdraws charges against Standard journalists
September 01, 2011
The Attorney-General (AG)'s Office has reportedly withdrawn part
of the criminal charges
against Standard reporter Patience Nyangove and editor Nevanji Madanhire.
The three are being jointly charged with Alpha Media Holdings (AMH)
human resources manager, Loud Ramakgapola. AMH are publishers of
the Standard, Zimbabwe Independent and Newsday. According to the
Newsday's edition of 1 September 2011, their lawyer Linda Cook on
31 August 2011 submitted before Harare magistrate Donald Ndirowei
that the AG's Office had decided not to proceed with the charges
under Section 31(a) (iii) of the Criminal
Law (Codification and Reform) Act. The section criminalises
criminalises the" publishing or communication of false statements
prejudicial to the State and statements undermining public confidence
in a law enforcement agency, the Prison Service or the Defence Forces
The State, however,
is said to be proceeding with the charge of criminal defamation.
reporting conditions were also set aside. Cook also applied for
the release of Nyangove's cellphone on the next date of their appearance
in court on 14 September 2011 if the matter fails to proceed to
The trio who
are also being charged with criminal defamation as defined under
Section 96 of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act, were
arrested following the publication of a story carried in the weekly
Standard issue of June 26 - July 2, titled: MDC-T fears for missing
Timba. The story alleged that the Minister of State in the Prime
Minister's Office Jameson Timba had been arrested
by police officers who included "the notorious Chrispen Makedenge"
when the latter was allegedly not involved in the arrest.
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