Home 9 Media violations 9 Journalist Hopewell Chin’ono arrested

Journalist Hopewell Chin’ono arrested

Hopewell Chin'ono, arrested, media violation
20 Jul, 2020
Journalist Hopewell Chin’ono was on 20 July 2020 arrested around 11:00hrs at his home in Harare and taken to Harare Central Police Station.

Journalist Hopewell Chin’ono was on 20 July 2020 arrested around 11:00hrs at his home in Harare and taken to Harare Central Police Station.

Chin’ono posted alerts on his social media platforms which read: Police and State agents are harassing my workers at home! They are breaking into my home. Alert the world!” He then subsequently went live on Facebook showing the police entering the room he was in before he was asked to put his phone away.

Meanwhile, MISA Zimbabwe through its Media Lawyers Network deployed lawyer, Chris Mhike, who upon arrival at his home was advised that the journalist had been arrested by eight police officers and taken to Harare Central Police Station.

MISA Zimbabwe was still to ascertain the circumstances pertaining to his arrest as he had not yet been charged at the time of the writing of this alert.

SOS journalists hotline

If you are injured, detained or arrested ín the line of duty, call our 24/7 SOS journalist hotline on 0784 437 338 to access legal and/or medical assistance. 

Don’t forget to have the number saved in your phone for emergencies!

Find out more about the hotline here.

About MISA

The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) was founded in 1992. 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.

Share this

Related news

ACHPR raises concern over mass surveillance

ACHPR raises concern over mass surveillance

The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) has raised concern about the prevalence of mass surveillance and unlawful targeted communication surveillance that does not conform with international human rights law and standards. The ACHPR said this...

Violence against women serious breach of human rights

Violence against women serious breach of human rights

Violence against women is the most pervasive breach of human rights worldwide which is being worsened by targeting and attacking women including female journalists who are vocal online. As the world commemorates the International Day for the Elimination of Violence...