IFJ Welcomes Release of New Zealand Photographer in Zimbabwe


The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ)

welcomes the news that a New Zealand photographer was released from three weeks

detention by police in Zimbabwe on May 10, 2012


Hammond had been working in Zimbabwe on a long-term project for the previous

two years. On or around April 21, he was arrested in the south of the country

while taking photos near the country’s border with South Africa, in connection

with a story on irregular migration between Zimbabwe and South Africa.



to the Zimbabwe newspaper The Herald,

Hammond was charged with ‘breaching media regulations’.


After over

two weeks in a jail in Beitbridge, in Matabeleland South Province, he was moved

to the capital Harare on Saturday May 5. After intervention from his lawyers

and the New Zealand Government, Hammond was finally released on May 10, 2012.


Hammond’s employer, Panos Pictures, announced his

release in a statement on

their website.


“The IFJ welcomes the release of Robin Hammond,

despite the questionable charges that led to his imprisonment,” IFJ

Asia-Pacific Director Jacqueline Park said.


“However, we maintain that his incarceration was unjustified

and an attack on press freedom in Zimbabwe.”


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