Ameriques Asie Europe Moyen-Orient Internet Nations unies
 
Zimbabwe21 April 2009

Freelance photojournalist released on bail

Reporters Without Borders today welcomed with relief the release on bail of freelance photojournalist Shadreck Anderson Manyere on 18 April but urged the authorities to drop all charges against him.

Manyere is due back in court on 30 April charged with “gangsterism”, “sabotage" and “terrorism”. He has called for an investigation into his abduction on 13 December 2008 and torture he says he suffered in prison.

High court judge, Charles Hungwe, ordered Manyere’s release on 9 April against a surety of 1,000 US dollars but prosecutor Chris Mutangadura initially appealed the decision before changing his mind on 17 April, allowing the journalist to leave Chikurubi high security prison in Harare after more than four months there, but he must report weekly to police in the capital.

“The end of Shadreck Manyere’s detention, one and a half months after the release of Jestina Mukoko and as the government of national unity led by Morgan Tsvangirai examines easing the press law, is a strong and positive sign for Zimbabwe,” the worldwide press freedom organisation said.

“We have high hopes that the new authorities will finally ensure the respect of freedom of expression and see that journalists are protected from arbitrary arrest”, it added.

For more information on Shadreck Manyere



In this country
14 May - Zimbabwe
Three journalists arrested, held overnight then freed on bail
3 March - Zimbabwe
Woman journalist freed after being held for three months
18 February - Zimbabwe
Reporters Without Borders makes three recommendations in open letter to Morgan Tsvangirai
9 January - Zimbabwe
Regional body asked to intercede on behalf of imprisoned woman journalist
26 December - Zimbabwe
Abducted journalist and rights activist now faces possible death penalty on terrorist plot charge

in the annual report
Zimbabwe - Annual Report 2008
Zimbabwe - Annual Report 2007
Zimbabwe - Annual report 2006

Africa press releases
3 June - Somalia
Alarm at TV station director’s abduction near Mogadishu
27 May - Gabon
Government imposes news blackout on President Bongo’s health
26 May - Somalia
Radio reporter shot by militia dies of injuries, fourth journalist to be killed this year

africa archives
archives

reports
18 March 2009 - Democratic Republic of Congo
“Bukavu, murder city”: investigation report into murders of journalists in the capital of Sud-Kivu
21 May 2008 - Eritrea
Naizghi Kiflu, the dictatorship’s eminence grise
6 March 2008 - Kenya
"How far to go ?" Kenya’s media caught in the turmoil of a failed election
archives

Sign the petitions
Eritrea
Sign the petition for the release of ten Eritrean journalists