Journalist rejected bail by Zimbabwe court over anti-govt protests
HARARE (ZIMBABWE) – A Zimbabwean court on Monday denied bail to a journalist who has been detained for more than a month for the third time. The bail was denied on charges of instigating violence among the public over anti-government protests last month.
Hopewell Chin’ono, a freelance journalist openly expressed remarks about President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s administration, made use of social media to bring out the corruption that existed in government tenders with regard to COVID-19 personal protective equipment.
Chin’ono was arrested last month along with opposition politician Jacob Ngarivhume.
His demeanour was unlikely for a journalist in Zimbabwe, where people with defying views are often given a harsh treatment.
Magistrate Ngoni Nduna said, “He has been advocating for the removal of government from power.”
Chin’ono’s lawyers said they would appeal against the judgment.
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