IFJ Calls on Authorities in Zimbabwe to Drop Charges Against Two Journalists

The International

Federation of Journalists (IFJ) today has vigorously condemned the arrest of

two journalists in Zimbabwe. According to Zimbabwe Union of Journalists (ZUJ)

Dumisani Muleya, editor of the private Zimbabwe Independent and reporter

Owen Gagare were arrested on Tuesday 7 May 2013 and charged with publishing

falsehoods. They were released from police custody but rejected the charges

against them.

“We call on

authorities in Zimbabwe to drop the charges against the two colleagues and

improve the law so as to ensure full freedom of expression in the country,”

said Gabriel Baglo, IFJ Africa Director.

According

to the Zimbabwe Independent Newspaper some Army Generals loyal to

President Robert Mugabe were reported to have engaged negotiations with representatives

of Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai's Movement for Democratic Change (MDC)

prior to the forthcoming elections this year. The Newspaper stated that the

talks were to prevent political instability in the country if Tsvangirai wins

the elections. The army has publicly denied speaking to MDC’s officials.

The IFJ is concerned

about the safety of journalists in the run up to the upcoming elections

and the political situation in Zimbabwe, and warns authorities of their responsibility

to ensure the security of journalists.

 

For more information,

please contact IFJ on + 221 33 867 95 86/87

The IFJ represents more

than 600.000 journalists in 134 countries