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NUJ: Release of one Zimbabwe journalist offset by arrest of another

November 17th, 2010Posted by in Journalism, Legal, Press freedom and ethics

The National Union of Journalists has reported that the president of the Zimbabwe Union of Journalists, Dumisani Sibanda was released from detention late last night.

Yesterday the union reported that Sibanda, the bureau chief for the Standard and Newsday, was arrested in relation to an article he wrote about the police force.

Following his release last night it was also reported that another journalist from the Standard, Nqobani Ndlovu, had also been arrested and detained.

In a statement Michelle Stanistreet, the NUJ’s deputy general secretary said the situation is “deeply worrying”.

The NUJ has worked closely with Dumisani Sibanda and we are pleased he has been released. But the news of the arrest of his colleague Nqobani Ndlovu demonstrates the serious pressure journalists in Zimbabwe are once again under.

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