Newsday journalists charged over Mugabe health story

Newsday journalists charged over Mugabe health story

The editor of Newsday Wisdom Mdzungairi and reporter Richard Chidza were on 3 March  2017 reportedly charged with insulting or undermining the president following publication of a story pertaining to President Robert Mugabe’s health.

Mdzungairi and Chidza were reportedly still being held by police in Harare at the time of writing this alert.

The story titled: Mugabe in fresh health scare … sneaks out to Singapore, was published in the newspaper’s edition of 2 March 2017. This followed President Mugabe’s departure for Singapore on 1 March 2017.

Presidential spokesperson, George Charamba, is on record confirming the president’s trip to Singapore for a “scheduled” medical review.

Meanwhile, MISA-Zimbabwe is following the case and will give updates accordingly

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The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) Zimbabwe was founded in 1996. Its work focuses on promoting, and advocating for, the unhindered enjoyment of freedom of expression, access to information and a free, independent, diverse and pluralistic media.

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