Journalist Chin’ono’s denied bail

Journalist Chin’ono’s denied bail

Detained journalist Hopewell Chi’nono was on 14 January 2021 denied bail by Harare magistrate Lazini Ncube.

In denying him bail, the magistrate said the State’s fears that he is likely to commit other offences while on bail, were well-founded.

Chin’ono is facing charges of publishing or communicating falsehoods prejudicial to the state. It is alleged Chin’ono posted a tweet that falsely reported the death of a child after a physical assault by the police.

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