Zuj blasts Hopewell Chin’ono arrest
By Staff Reporter
THE Zimbabwe Union of Journalists (ZUJ) has condemned the arrest Monday of freelance journalist Hopewell Chin’ono.
Detectives stormed Chin’ono’s Harare home and broke a glass door to gain entry.
Human rights lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa later revealed the journalist was being detained at the CID Law and Order Section in Harare.
In a statement Monday, ZUJ secretary general Foster Dongozi (pictured) said Chin’ono’s arrest was victimisation on the top journalist.
“The Zimbabwe Union of Journalists would like to strongly condemn the brazen attack of a journalist by the Zimbabwean government and its security forces.
“Acts of aggression against journalists such as Hopewell who engage in investigative journalism are a clear sign that he is being victimized for exposing corruption in government.
“We call on the government to immediately stop its unwarranted harassment of Hopewell.”
Chin’ono has unsettled the Zanu PF led administration through cutting edge reportage and analysis on high level corruption in corridors of power.
Police national spokesperson Paul Nyathi confirmed later during the day the journalist, arrested separately with Jacob Ngarivhume, organiser of the July 31 national anti-government protests, had been arrested.
“The Zimbabwe Republic Police confirms that Jacob Ngarivhume of Transform Zimbabwe and Hopewell Chin’ono have been arrested in connection with allegations of contravening Section 187 (1) (a) as read with section 37 (1) (a) (i) of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act, Chapter 9:23, ‘incitement to participate in public violence’”.