Re-arrest of Journalist Hopewell Chin’ono

Re-arrest of Journalist Hopewell Chin’ono

ZimRights has learnt that Journalist Hopewell Chin’ono was arrested again yesterday November 3 2020 for contravening Section 182(1) (a) of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act Chapter 9:23 or alternatively Contravening Section 182 (1) (b) of the same Act “Contempt of court.” He is also accused of Contravening Section 184(1) of the code “defeating or obstructing the course of justice. A police press statement alleges that Chin‘ono used his twitter account @daddyhope to post messages that impaired the dignity, reputation and authority of the court.

It is also alleged that Chin’ono confirmed through the handle that he is in secret and unlawful communication with members of the national Prosecuting Authority, an institution that is prosecuting him.

Chin’ono’s arrest threatens Freedom of expression and freedom of the media provided for in section 61 of the Constitution.

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