Journalist released after three days in custody

February 2, 2006
Original Alert: January 20, 2006

Sydney Saize

Sydney Saize, a former journalist for the banned independent Daily News, was released after spending three nights in police custody in the eastern town of Mutare. Police accused Saize of working without accreditation and filing a “false” story for the U.S. government-funded Voice of America, according to the Media Institute for Southern Africa (MISA) and a local CPJ source.

He was released after his lawyer filed an urgent application to compel the state to bring him before the courts, the local chapter of the Media Institute for Southern Africa (MISA) reported.

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