At least nine Mozambican journalists from the Sao Francisco de Assis Community Radio and their families fled into the bush 10 days ago and are living in deplorable conditions following an insurgent attack on the district of Muidumbe in the Cabo Delgado province.
The magistrates’ court has set a trial date for journalist Hopewell Chin’ono, where is set to face charges for incitement to participate in a gathering with intent to promote public violence, breaches of peace or bigotry or alternatively incitement to commit public violence.
Harare magistrate Marehwanazvo Gofa will deliver judgment in the application against placement on remand by detained journalist Hopewell Chin’ono tomorrow 10 November 2020.
Journalist Hopewell Chin’ono will spend the weekend in Chikurubi Maximum Prison after magistrate Marehwanazvo Gofa on 6 November 2020 dismissed the application for his release by his defence lawyers.
Detained journalist Hopewell Chin’ono on 5 November 2020 appeared in court in Harare on charges of defeating or obstructing the course of justice following his arrest on 3 November 2020.
Journalist Hopewell Chin’ono was this evening on 3 November 2020 arrested at his home in Harare on allegations of contempt of court.
Three journalists arrested while covering a Harare City Council meeting following a swoop on the meeting by the Special Anti-Corruption Unit (SACU) on 29 October 2020 in Harare, have been released without charges.
Tanzania is in the process of holding its general elections, which have been tainted by the government’s clampdown on basic rights such as freedoms of expression, media, and, digital rights.
On 26 and 27 October 2020, there were reports that the Tanzania government had throttled the internet, while also attempting to enforce social media blackouts.
In the past 10 months, the Tanzanian government has suspended a number of media organisations from broadcasting or publishing, among them Clouds FM and Clouds TV, while the newspaper Tanzania Daima, has been indefinitely barred from publishing.