Mugabe health scare invites trouble for journalists

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From MARCUS MUSHONGA in Harare, Zimbabwe
HARARE, (CAJ News) – ZIMBABWEAN authorities have renewed an onslaught against journalists reporting on the declining health of President Robert Mugabe (93).
This follows the arrest of staff of a privately-owned daily newspaper that published an article over the aged leader’s health in the wake of his trip to Singapore for a medical check-up.
Zimbabwe Republic Police charged NewsDay journalists Richard Chidza and Wisdom Mdzungairi, Alpha Media Holdings, publishers of the daily newspaper, and Sifikile Thabete, the company’s legal assistant with undermining authority of or insulting President Mugabe as defined in the vague Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act.
Police alleged the journalists and publishers ran an article titled Mugabe in Fresh Health Scare” last Thursday, which police said was a false statement meant to cause contempt or ridicule to the Zanu-PF leader.
The statement in the article highlighting Mugabe frequently traveled to Asia for eye check-ups, and suggestions he suffered old age and prostate cancer are at the centre of the charge with police indicating the journalists and the newspaper were not supposed to disclose President Mugabe’s condition.
They are demanding a disclosure of the newspaper’s source of the article.
Meanwhile, on Friday, a local court convicted pro-democracy campaigner, Linda Masarira, and acquitted four other activists in the first conviction of anti-government protesters who allegedly staged crippling protests against Mugabe’s administration last year.
Sentencing is due today (Monday).

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