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Zimbabwe

2009



Some Zimbabwean journalists say 2003 was the most repressive year for independent journalists. Others claim it was 2008. But no one is yet claiming it was 2009 after a recent series of positive developments for the country's media.

We welcome good news from Zimbabwe today as authorities released Alec Muchadehama, one of many lawyers working in defense of persecuted journalists in that country.

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On Thursday, the U.S.-based National Association of Black Journalists announced the winner of its 2009 Percy Qoboza Foreign Journalists Award: Zimbabwean journalist Anderson Shadreck Manyere. Half a world away, however, Manyere, left, lingered in a hospital in the capital, Harare, traumatized by nearly four months of imprisonment, according to his lawyer.

Filmmaker Robyn Kriel, 25, from Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, spoke to PBS' Wide Angle last week about the risks she took reporting from Zimbabwe in the lead-up to the country's 2008 presidential election. Last April, CPJ closely followed the case of Kriel's mother, Margaret Kriel, who was imprisoned for four days on accusations of "practicing journalism without accreditation." You can listen to the interview here.

Freelance journalist Frank Chikowore visited CPJ this week after receiving the Tully Center Free Speech Award at Syracuse University. Chikowore received the award for his brave, ongoing reporting on the crisis in Zimbabwe. He has worked for two newspapers in Zimbabwe, including The Nation and the Weekly Times, which was closed down in 2005.

The Hong Kong police announced on Monday they would investigate the alleged assault on photographer Richard Jones by Zimbabwe's first lady, Grace Mugabe, while she was on vacation. On January 15, Jones claimed Mugabe ordered her bodyguard to hold the photographer down while she punched him repeatedly in the face near Hong Kong's exclusive Shangri-la Hotel, according to wire reports. 

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Killed in Zimbabwe

1 journalist killed since 1992

1 journalist murdered

1 murdered with impunity

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Sue Valentine

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Tom Rhodes

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Peter Nkanga

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