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Kwelaz community radio board member and volunteer appear in court
July 30, 2013
radio board member Eric Musesengwe and volunteer staffer Annie Maseko
appeared in court on 30 July 2013 charged with breaching section
7 of the Broadcasting
Services Act (BSA) and s.78(2) of the Access
to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (AIPPA) respectively.
Section 78 of
AIPPA criminalises the practice of journalism without accreditation,
while section 7 of the BSA outlaws the aspect of broadcasting without
The duo was
granted bail in the sum of $100 each and remanded to 15 August 2013.
emanate from the earlier arrest and detention of citizen journalist
Annie Maseko on 26 July 2011 by members of Kwekwe CID law and Order
section, after the former was found interviewing locals on their
perception of the environment
leading to the elections. The police then proceeded to Radio
Kwelaz offices where they took a number of pre-recorded CD’s
that the community radio produces for distribution among its membership.
Maseko was detained
for three hours and only released on condition that she together
with the community radio’s board members present themselves
to the CID, Law and Order section on the morning of 28 July
police continue to hold on to the CD’s that they took from
the community radio as well a recorder which Maseko was using, indicating
that they want to listen and establish what the contents are all
will keep you updated on the development of this case as it unfolds.
the MISA-Zimbabwe fact
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