Zimbabwe

BBC man held in Zimbabwe

2012-05-27 10:17

Special Report

Zim media praises 'steadfast' Mugabe
Zim media praises 'steadfast' Mugabe

Zimbabwe's state media has praised President Robert Mugabe's "intellectual clarity" and "ideological steadfastness" after he celebrated his 91st birthday.

London - A classical music presenter for the BBC has been arrested and is in custody in Zimbabwe, the broadcaster reported.

Petroc Trelawny, who presents several radio programmes for the British public broadcaster, was arrested on Thursday for taking part in a music festival without a work permit, the BBC said on Saturday.

He had been acting as a compere at the Bulawayo Music Festival, taking place from 23-27 May, but was not there in his BBC capacity. Media reports said he was not being paid for the role.

Rose Benton, co-ordinator of London-based campaign group Zimbabwe Vigil, said: "He was apparently the only musician without a work permit and that is why they arrested him.

"He has been in police custody in Harare: pretty nasty business.

"Yesterday there was a public holiday. Normally it would take a day to get him out but he will be in until Monday probably."

Led from the stage

Trelawny had been posting updates on Twitter about preparations for the music festival, including rehearsals with children's choirs.

Britain's Daily Telegraph newspaper reported that he had been led from the stage by immigration officials during a performance and subsequently dislocated his shoulder in a fall in a police cell.

A spokesperson for Britain's foreign ministry said: "We can confirm the detention of a British national on May 24 in Zimbabwe. We are providing consular assistance."

A BBC spokesperson said, "We are aware of the situation and hope it will be resolved as quickly as possible."

Zimbabwean jails are notorious for poor conditions and President Robert Mugabe, 88, who has ruled the country for 30 years, is decried by activists as one of the worst perpetrators of rights abuses.

- AFP

Read more on:    bbc  |  robert mugabe  |  zimbabwe  |  southern africa
NEXT ON NEWS24X

SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
15 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Inside News24

 
/News

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Deal of the week!

Petrol generators from R1399, save up to R350. While stocks last. Shop now!

30% off Pampers!

Save 30% when you buy 3 or more selected pampers products. While stocks last. Shop now!

This week only - 30% off books!

Get 30% off when you buy 2 or more books. Many titles to choose from. While stocks last. Shop now!

New range of Samsung smartphones!

Samsung Galaxy A3, A5 and Alpha now available at kalahari.com. while stocks last. Shop now!

Buy 3 eBooks & only pay for 2!

The cheapest of the 3 titles will be free. Many more titles to choose from. While stocks last. Shop now!

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

You are on form and you may like an audience to share your ideas and concepts with. Drama and creativity flavour your...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.