Zimbabwe arrests three journalists

Three journalists from an independent radio station have been arrested and their equipment seized during a police raid on their offices in Harare, according to a rights group.

    Independent journalists face constant state harassment

    Maria Nyanyiwa, Takunda Gwanda and Nyasha Bosha of the Voice of the People radio were arrested on Thursday and were still being held at Harare's main police station, Thabani Moyo, spokesman for the Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition, an alliance of rights groups, said on Friday.

    "State security agents armed with a search warrant ransacked the offices of Voice of the People and took every piece of equipment in the offices," Moyo told AFP.

    In a statement, the rights group accused the government of Robert Mugabe, the Zimbabwean president, of stepping up a campaign of repression.

    "The government of Zimbabwe has intensified its internal repression and further moves away from the line of democracy and good governance," the group said.

    Perceived enemies

    Immigration authorities have over the past two weeks seized the passports of three critics under new measures to punish perceived enemies of the state.

    Authorities returned the passports of Trevor Ncube, a leading independent newspaper publisher, and Paul Temba Nyathi, a prominent opposition official, on Wednesday, but they seized one belonging to Raymond Majongwe, a trade unionist.

    A rights group says Mugabe has
    intensified internal repression

    VOP, which is based in the Netherlands, broadcasts into Zimbabwe on shortwave. Its offices were firebombed in August 2002.

    The shortwave radio station is one of only two broadcasters which have managed to circumvent Zimbabwe's repressive media laws by using transmitters outside the country to carry their programmes.

    Most of VOP's programming is in Zimbabwe's two local languages, Shona and Ndebele, placing it among the few independent media able to reach the large rural population who have no access to urban newspapers.

    Zimbabwe has four radio stations and one television station, all controlled by government.

    SOURCE: AFP


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    World Cup 2018 quiz: How big a football fan are you?

    World Cup 2018 quiz: How big a football fan are you?

    Answer as many correct questions in 90 seconds to win the World Cup with your favourite team.

    The shocking story of Israel's disappeared babies

    The shocking story of Israel's disappeared babies

    New information has come to light about thousands of mostly Yemeni children believed to have been abducted in the 1950s.

    Stories from the sex trade

    Stories from the sex trade

    Dutch sex workers, pimps and johns share their stories.