US embassy cable - 01HARARE2490

HARASSMENT OF JOURNALISTS CONTINUES - THREE NEW ARRESTS UNCLASSIFIED

Identifier: 01HARARE2490
Wikileaks: View 01HARARE2490 at Wikileaks.org
Origin: Embassy Harare
Created: 2001-08-23 09:07:00
Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Tags: KPAO PREL PHUM ZI
Redacted: This cable was not redacted by Wikileaks.
This record is a partial extract of the original cable. The full text of the original cable is not available.


 

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FM AMEMBASSY HARARE
TO SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 9532
INFO NSC WASHDC
SOUTHERN AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT COMMUNITY
UNCLAS HARARE 002490 
 
SIPDIS 
 
DEPT FOR AF/PD (SANDERS, ROBERTSON, COX), AF/S (DELISI, 
KRAFT), AF (BELLAMY) AF/P, INR/R/MR 
 
NSC FOR JENDAYI FRAZER 
 
LONDON FOR GURNEY 
 
PARIS FOR BISA WILLIAMS 
 
NAIROBI FOR PFLAUMER 
 
E.O. 12958: N/A 
TAGS: KPAO, PREL, PHUM, ZI 
SUBJECT: HARASSMENT OF JOURNALISTS CONTINUES - THREE NEW 
ARRESTS 
                       UNCLASSIFIED 
 
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1.   ON AUGUST 21 AND 22 ZIMBABWE REPUBLIC POLICE (ZRP) 
    PICKED UP, QUESTIONED AND LAID CHARGES AGAINST THREE 
    JOURNALISTS IN HARARE. 
 
2.   ON AUGUST 21, TWO JOURNALISTS FROM THE WEEKLY "THE 
    MIRROR" WERE QUESTIONED BY POLICE ABOUT A REPORT IN THE 
    AUGUST 17 EDITION OF THEIR NEWSPAPER ALLEGING POLICE 
    COMPLICITY IN LOOTING IN THE CHINOHYI AREA.  NEWS EDITOR 
    WALLACE CHUMA AND REPORTER CONSTANTINE CHIMAKURE WERE THEN 
    CHARGED WITH "PUBLISHING SUBVERSIVE STATEMENTS," EMPLOYING 
    THE SAME RHODESIA-ERA LAW USED AGAINST THE FOUR "DAILY 
    NEWS" JOURNALISTS ON AUGUST 14.  POLICE MISTREATED NEITHER 
    JOURNALIST. 
 
3.   ON AUGUST 22 POLICE DETAINED MARK CHAVUNDUKA, EDITOR 
    OF THE INDEPENDENT WEEKLY "THE STANDARD," ON CHARGES OF 
    "CRIMINAL DEFAMATION" OVER A STORY HIS PAPER PUBLISHED ON 
    AUGUST 19.  CHAVUNDUKA WAS HELD AND QUESTIONED FOR ABOUT 90 
    MINUTES.  HE WAS NOT MISTREATED.  CHAVUNDUKA AND "STANDARD" 
    SENIOR REPORTER RAY CHOTO WERE ARRESTED AND TORTURED IN 
    JANUARY 1999 AFTER THEY PUBLISHED A STORY ALLEGING A MUTINY 
    AMONG ZIMBABWEAN ARMED FORCES IN THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF 
    THE CONGO. 
 
4.   THE STORY THAT PROMPTED THE AUGUST 22 CHARGES AGAINST 
    CHAVUNDUKA, REPRINTED FROM THE "SUNDAY TIMES" OF LONDON, 
    REPORTED THAT PRESIDENT MUGABE IS HAUNTED BY THE GHOST OF 
    THE LATE NATIONAL LIBERATION WAR HERO JOSIAH TONGOGARA. 
                       UNCLASSIFIED 
 
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    ACCORDING TO CHAVUNDUKA, HE WAS CHARGED BECAUSE THE STORY 
    DEFAMED PRESIDENT MUGABE AND HIS FAMILY. 
 
ROTH 
 
                       UNCLASSIFIED 
 
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