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New Zealand reporter held in Zimbabwe

2012-04-20 11:22

Harare - Zimbabwean police have arrested a journalist from New Zealand for reporting from the southern African country without accreditation, state media reported on Friday.

Hammond Robin Nicholas, 37, was arrested on Monday together with a Zimbabwean charity worker, Bertha Chiguvare, 31, in the border town of Beitbridge, 580km south of Harare.

The two were allegedly working on a story about "irregular" migration between Zimbabwe and its neighbour South Africa and did not have accreditation.

"They misrepresented to the department of immigration that they were on holiday," police superintendent Lawrence Chinhengo told The Herald newspaper.

"In fact they were on a mission to investigate how illegal immigrants manage to cross to South Africa."

They were charged with violating "Protected Areas and Places and Immigration Acts" and would appear in court on Friday.

Previous arrest

According to the paper, Nicholas, a Cape Town resident, told police that he was a teacher and photographer while Chiguvare works for Save the Children in South Africa.

Video and digital cameras as well as a voice recorder with excerpts of an interview were found in their possession.

Nicholas was arrested previously in Zimbabwe for a similar offence, Chinhengo said.

The media in Zimbabwe is tightly regulated and journalists are not allowed to work in the country without accreditation.

Several local journalists were arrested last year on various charges that included defamation.

Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, a long-time rival of President Robert Mugabe, has vowed to abolish the country's Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act, which bans foreign journalists from working permanently in the country.

Comments
  • jackal666.daniel - 2012-04-20 11:32

    Sounds like the state of affairs South Africa is headed :(

  • Cris - 2012-04-20 11:33

    If they broke the law they must be charged accordingly. Falsifying of information when entering a country can get you in serious trouble. They must try it in the USA or UK.

      Henry - 2012-04-20 11:58

      Please Cris, they wouldn't have to lie about their reasons to enter the US or UK boet, remember the Apartheid Gov did this sort of thing,and now the anc want to try pull this cr@p. Bear in mind those zimbos wouldn't be jumping our border illigally had mugarbage not destroyed that economy.Don't try say its sanctions either. The sanctions are targeted against zanupf members,not zimbabwe per se

      Henry - 2012-04-20 11:58

      Please Cris, they wouldn't have to lie about their reasons to enter the US or UK boet, remember the Apartheid Gov did this sort of thing,and now the anc want to try pull this cr@p. Bear in mind those zimbos wouldn't be jumping our border illigally had mugarbage not destroyed that economy.Don't try say its sanctions either. The sanctions are targeted against zanupf members,not zimbabwe per se

      Cris - 2012-04-20 12:06

      In the UK or USA if you lie about your reasons why you are visiting you get jailed or deported depending on the gravity of the case. There is no difference here. That's why a lot of South Africans get in trouble abroad because they think like you here. It doesn't matter which country it is. Lying about your intentions there is viewed a serious offence. Try it next time you go overseas. Even as a joke.

      Cris - 2012-04-20 12:06

      In the UK or USA if you lie about your reasons why you are visiting you get jailed or deported depending on the gravity of the case. There is no difference here. That's why a lot of South Africans get in trouble abroad because they think like you here. It doesn't matter which country it is. Lying about your intentions there is viewed a serious offence. Try it next time you go overseas. Even as a joke.

      Henry - 2012-04-20 12:23

      Missing the point cris. They wouldn't have had to lie about being reporters investigating illegal mexican immigration in the US or pakistani illegal immigration in the UK. Defend mugarbage at all costs if you must , but don't make things up too suite your misplaced idiology.

      Henry - 2012-04-20 12:23

      Missing the point cris. They wouldn't have had to lie about being reporters investigating illegal mexican immigration in the US or pakistani illegal immigration in the UK. Defend mugarbage at all costs if you must , but don't make things up too suite your misplaced idiology.

      Lerato - 2012-04-20 12:31

      @Cris you are right, they entered on false pretext and clearly he new what he was up to as this was not the first time he was arrested in Zim. Try this nonsense in the US, UK or even NZ; I won't mention what happened to our fully accredited Journo in NZ. Break the lwa and Uncle Bob will break your bones. Lock them up !!!

      Lerato - 2012-04-20 12:31

      @Cris you are right, they entered on false pretext and clearly he new what he was up to as this was not the first time he was arrested in Zim. Try this nonsense in the US, UK or even NZ; I won't mention what happened to our fully accredited Journo in NZ. Break the lwa and Uncle Bob will break your bones. Lock them up !!!

      Cris - 2012-04-20 12:31

      Henry you are the one making up all scenarios of illegal mexicans in the USA to suit your argument. I am telling you fact. If you lie at any port of entry in the world and you are found out then you are in serious trouble. Don't defend the indefensible. They were let in Zim under a false impression of being on holiday and taking pictures(which in not a crime) The crime came in because they were doing journalism work without the right papers. I can understand if he had applied and turned down but he lied from day one and so must be charged.

      Cris - 2012-04-20 12:31

      Henry you are the one making up all scenarios of illegal mexicans in the USA to suit your argument. I am telling you fact. If you lie at any port of entry in the world and you are found out then you are in serious trouble. Don't defend the indefensible. They were let in Zim under a false impression of being on holiday and taking pictures(which in not a crime) The crime came in because they were doing journalism work without the right papers. I can understand if he had applied and turned down but he lied from day one and so must be charged.

      Michele - 2012-04-20 14:50

      Cris, ok lets assume for a moment that it's true they lied about getting into the country, if it was not for brave journalists like this prepared to take a chance then the world would not know about mad Bob would they ? Now do you condone the treatment of the Zim guys are not ?

      Michele - 2012-04-20 14:50

      Cris, ok lets assume for a moment that it's true they lied about getting into the country, if it was not for brave journalists like this prepared to take a chance then the world would not know about mad Bob would they ? Now do you condone the treatment of the Zim guys are not ?

  • Shirley - 2012-04-20 11:34

    Dictatorship at its best! Too afraid the truth comes out! " Protected areas and Imegration act"????? The only "protected" thing is bob and graces bank accounts! What a crock! Worst is we are heading in the same direction on an oil lined slope!

      Cris - 2012-04-20 11:43

      @Shirley you don't go into a country and report without accreditation. Zim is not the only country with this law. If they had done this in the UK or USA they would be facing a long time in jail or would be declared Prohibited Immigrants for life.

      Cris - 2012-04-20 11:43

      @Shirley you don't go into a country and report without accreditation. Zim is not the only country with this law. If they had done this in the UK or USA they would be facing a long time in jail or would be declared Prohibited Immigrants for life.

      Cris - 2012-04-20 11:44

      @Shirley you don't go into a country and report without accreditation. Zim is not the only country with this law. If they had done this in the UK or USA they would be facing a long time in jail or would be declared Prohibited Immigrants for life.

      Cris - 2012-04-20 11:44

      @Shirley you don't go into a country and report without accreditation. Zim is not the only country with this law. If they had done this in the UK or USA they would be facing a long time in jail or would be declared Prohibited Immigrants for life.

      ditantane.kganakga - 2012-04-20 11:49

      people should abide by the law irrespective of which country they are in.

      ditantane.kganakga - 2012-04-20 11:49

      people should abide by the law irrespective of which country they are in.

      Shirley - 2012-04-20 11:52

      Cris: firstly that is what Zim is claiming! Secondly if he was previously arrested for a similar incident Zimbabwe then why did they allow him in at all? Please dont compare Zim to a civilised country-they dont even come close!

      Shirley - 2012-04-20 11:52

      Cris: firstly that is what Zim is claiming! Secondly if he was previously arrested for a similar incident Zimbabwe then why did they allow him in at all? Please dont compare Zim to a civilised country-they dont even come close!

      Cris - 2012-04-20 11:58

      You are choosing which country suits which laws that's why you can never understand why they were arrested. Abide by the Laws of the country you are visiting or simply keep away. He was arrested this time round because being civilized the Zim authorities had no reason to suspect him on first impression.

      Cris - 2012-04-20 11:58

      You are choosing which country suits which laws that's why you can never understand why they were arrested. Abide by the Laws of the country you are visiting or simply keep away. He was arrested this time round because being civilized the Zim authorities had no reason to suspect him on first impression.

      Rob - 2012-04-20 12:46

      As much as I detest the Zimbabwean regime, Cris IS right. Finish & Klaar. No argument.

      Rob - 2012-04-20 12:46

      As much as I detest the Zimbabwean regime, Cris IS right. Finish & Klaar. No argument.

      sabongam - 2012-04-20 13:31

      But Shirley let's not move away from the issue at hand.(By the way bear in mind that I'm not a Mugabarge supporter).The fact of the matter is that the couple broke the law - end of story. To justify it by saying that Mugabe and his govt are dictators is not valid. As much as we understand that the rule of law in Zim is lacking, should we condone people going in there and breaking the law whether they're from the West or not. Why criticise them and then go in there and break the law? That my friends would be hypocrisy at its best... If we do so would that not take us down to their level? Rather let's practice what we preach and set an example for those law breaking regimes and those who don't respect human rights. Its like saying because the apartheid govt was wrong it was correct or justify Robert McBride's actions when he injured and killed people by bombing Magoo's bar in Dbn?

      sabongam - 2012-04-20 13:31

      But Shirley let's not move away from the issue at hand.(By the way bear in mind that I'm not a Mugabarge supporter).The fact of the matter is that the couple broke the law - end of story. To justify it by saying that Mugabe and his govt are dictators is not valid. As much as we understand that the rule of law in Zim is lacking, should we condone people going in there and breaking the law whether they're from the West or not. Why criticise them and then go in there and break the law? That my friends would be hypocrisy at its best... If we do so would that not take us down to their level? Rather let's practice what we preach and set an example for those law breaking regimes and those who don't respect human rights. Its like saying because the apartheid govt was wrong it was correct or justify Robert McBride's actions when he injured and killed people by bombing Magoo's bar in Dbn?

      Lerato - 2012-04-20 14:58

      @Shirley stop supporting criminals, now that it have turned out the lady is an imposter and the guy a 2nd offender what can you say about that. If they come to SA let's hope SAPS will be waiting for them.

      Lerato - 2012-04-20 14:58

      @Shirley stop supporting criminals, now that it have turned out the lady is an imposter and the guy a 2nd offender what can you say about that. If they come to SA let's hope SAPS will be waiting for them.

      phylliciah1 - 2012-04-20 15:14

      @Cris, again missing the point. In US and UK journalists will not have to lie to be able to do their jobs (reporting). But in most of Africa, and in countries that have lots to hide from the eyes of the world, journo's have to lie to get into the country, so that we can know what is really going on!! And then we can jump on our high horses and stare blindly at the lie and not see the reason for it.

      phylliciah1 - 2012-04-20 15:14

      @Cris, again missing the point. In US and UK journalists will not have to lie to be able to do their jobs (reporting). But in most of Africa, and in countries that have lots to hide from the eyes of the world, journo's have to lie to get into the country, so that we can know what is really going on!! And then we can jump on our high horses and stare blindly at the lie and not see the reason for it.

      Shirley - 2012-04-20 15:28

      When apartheid ruled-the journalists who risked it all to get photos and articles of what was going on here was acceptable? The horrors of Africa have been brought to the world by people willing to die to show the world the truth!If you read the article on theis site it says "allegedly". Not hard cold fact! Zim has a problem with people showing the rest of the world what is REALY going on there. So before you accuse me of siding with criminals-take a long hard look at the double standards being played here!

      Shirley - 2012-04-20 15:28

      When apartheid ruled-the journalists who risked it all to get photos and articles of what was going on here was acceptable? The horrors of Africa have been brought to the world by people willing to die to show the world the truth!If you read the article on theis site it says "allegedly". Not hard cold fact! Zim has a problem with people showing the rest of the world what is REALY going on there. So before you accuse me of siding with criminals-take a long hard look at the double standards being played here!

      Kevin - 2012-04-20 16:18

      I go with Shirley's point-of-view here. Sure, it's against the laws of Zim and Bob. But why is that law there in the first place - to keep reporting clean? I think not! It's to cover up as much as he can. There's far more bad things happening in Zim, than good at the moment. By the way, anyone know for sure that their immigration declarations WERE false?

      Kevin - 2012-04-20 16:18

      I go with Shirley's point-of-view here. Sure, it's against the laws of Zim and Bob. But why is that law there in the first place - to keep reporting clean? I think not! It's to cover up as much as he can. There's far more bad things happening in Zim, than good at the moment. By the way, anyone know for sure that their immigration declarations WERE false?

  • Hermann - 2012-04-20 11:36

    Oh boy, and once out I can imagine what they will write and Zim comes off second best as always.

  • CharlesDumbwin - 2012-04-20 11:36

    Why do these dictators always attack reporters? Do they have something to hide? Sounds like the ANC state secrecy bill

      bvonyogwa - 2012-05-01 11:04

      BLOODLY SPY GO TO ZIM TEY WILL DEALL WITH U

  • rbphiri - 2012-04-20 11:42

    Aaaah Mugabe a D!KC-tator who existed since the first dinosaur took it's first cr@p. If his not molesting farmers off their land, his busy exercising his tyranny on journalists. So the journalists were charged with violating "Protected Areas and Places and Immigration Acts". How many times has his people violated the immigration act by practicing high jump into our boarders? Hell we should have this event in the london olympics, since it's so prevalent.

      Shirley - 2012-04-20 11:48

      Lol! So true!! He violates human rights daily!

      Shirley - 2012-04-20 11:48

      Lol! So true!! He violates human rights daily!

  • Nathi - 2012-04-20 11:43

    Why didn't he say he was there to give a rosy picture of uncle Bob to the rest of the world. @ least that way he wouldn't be arrested and would probably get 5* treatment courtesy of Zanu PF. LOL.

  • jamesallend - 2012-04-20 11:44

    Kwakwa ds ez zim 4 u

  • Herman - 2012-04-20 11:45

    These guys are in big trouble, in Africa, the dictator is the BAAS, same as where we in SA is heading with the anc regime........

  • ditantane.kganakga - 2012-04-20 11:47

    second offender, life in prison will do.

  • Cris - 2012-04-20 11:51

    You don't just go into a country and report without accreditation. Zim is not the only country with this law. If they had done this in the UK or USA they would be facing a long time in jail or would be declared Prohibited Immigrants for life.

      khanyib1 - 2012-04-20 13:46

      please find another argument...

      khanyib1 - 2012-04-20 13:46

      please find another argument...

      sven.gohre - 2012-04-20 13:58

      No country in the West would arrest a person for collecting information and selling it to whichever newspaper that would buy the story. It is only in countries that support dictators that the truth is a jail-able offence. There is no law in the UK that states I must declare that I am a journalist, the fact is that as I am an EU citizen, I am allowed to bypass immigration completely, scanning my own passport and never talking to a single immigration official. Never equate the savage and ignorant rule of Mugabe to the civilised rule of Western democracies.

      sven.gohre - 2012-04-20 13:58

      No country in the West would arrest a person for collecting information and selling it to whichever newspaper that would buy the story. It is only in countries that support dictators that the truth is a jail-able offence. There is no law in the UK that states I must declare that I am a journalist, the fact is that as I am an EU citizen, I am allowed to bypass immigration completely, scanning my own passport and never talking to a single immigration official. Never equate the savage and ignorant rule of Mugabe to the civilised rule of Western democracies.

      Cris - 2012-04-20 14:15

      @khanyib and Sven now it turns out the woman who was with the journalist was lying that she works for Save The Children according to Karen who is Advocacy and Communications Advisor at Save the Children. The temptation is great to defend the indefensible just because Mugabe's name was thrown in there. I bet its also news to him. Sven I have been to the USA and lived in the UK. I know what I am talking about. If you don't want to make it past immigration and for some reason they ask you what your purpose for visiting is then lie to them and see what happens when you are caught. And if you want to go to jail for long gather information secretly in America and sell it. You talk nonsense Sven don't mislead travelers.

      Cris - 2012-04-20 14:15

      @khanyib and Sven now it turns out the woman who was with the journalist was lying that she works for Save The Children according to Karen who is Advocacy and Communications Advisor at Save the Children. The temptation is great to defend the indefensible just because Mugabe's name was thrown in there. I bet its also news to him. Sven I have been to the USA and lived in the UK. I know what I am talking about. If you don't want to make it past immigration and for some reason they ask you what your purpose for visiting is then lie to them and see what happens when you are caught. And if you want to go to jail for long gather information secretly in America and sell it. You talk nonsense Sven don't mislead travelers.

      Bloodstone - 2012-04-20 16:04

      yes, Zim is not the only country with these draconian laws, soon SA will have them as well if the ANC politicians get their way - the same cr@p as during apartheid. The way you carry on you would probably love the new law. The existence of such laws is the reason why journo's have to lie to gain entry - just like they did in the old SA.

      Bloodstone - 2012-04-20 16:04

      yes, Zim is not the only country with these draconian laws, soon SA will have them as well if the ANC politicians get their way - the same cr@p as during apartheid. The way you carry on you would probably love the new law. The existence of such laws is the reason why journo's have to lie to gain entry - just like they did in the old SA.

      Cris - 2012-04-20 16:12

      Bloodstone don't pretend like you hated the old South Africa. If I was white I wouldn't.

      Cris - 2012-04-20 16:12

      Bloodstone don't pretend like you hated the old South Africa. If I was white I wouldn't.

  • James - 2012-04-20 12:00

    This is what happens when you have censorship of the press. BE CAREFUL GUYS WE ARE HEADING IN THE SAME WAY

  • lytteot7 - 2012-04-20 12:33

    This 2 people were caught breaking the law so why blame zimbabwe? Every country has a law, even first world countries have laws that regulate everything and as a foreigner you must respect those laws regardless of whether you like or don't like them. Otherwise just don't set foot in that country, simple as that. Yes Mugabe is full of rubbish so when you are in his country, u will have to live by his country's rules not your home country's rule.

  • Biggs - 2012-04-20 12:36

    After all is said and done, these were at the wrong side of the law pertaining the jurnalism and they didn't produce the required documents we all know that . Imagine I budged into your property just like that, what would you do? Well I don't want to know

  • Kanyiswa - 2012-04-20 12:48

    I feel sorry for them,I can imagine being jailed there must be terrible

      nhla.prv - 2012-04-20 13:50

      Break the law in Zim at your own peril. Theirs are real prisons.Not here where criminals in jail live in luxury !

      nhla.prv - 2012-04-20 13:50

      Break the law in Zim at your own peril. Theirs are real prisons.Not here where criminals in jail live in luxury !

      bvonyogwa - 2012-05-01 10:55

      WHITESZIMBAWE IS FOR ZIMBABWEANS AFRICA FOR AFRICANS CHECK NOW ZIMBABWE IS SLOWY DEVELOPING WITHOUT WHITES THOSE FELLOWS WHERE LOOKING FOR BAD NEWS ZIMBABWE IS NNOT LIKE SA, WHERE NIGERIANS SELLL DRUGS, A MAN SLEEP WITH MAN, PLIZ ZIMBABWE IS STIL AFRICAN WE ARE NOT EUROPEANS. COME AND SEE WE ARE OT YET THERE BUT WE AREGOING THERE SLWLY BUT SURELY ZIMBABWEIS ECONOMICAL FREE, WHITES THEY ARE HAPPY IF BLACKS AE WORKERS UNDER THEM HEY SAY IS A FREE COUNTRY, BUT I SEE FEAR INWHITE OUTH AFRICANS THEYARE STARTING TO PANIC MEASURIN WITH THER COMMENTS ABOUT ECOOMIC FREEDOM THEY DONT WANT IT. THEY ONLY WANT TO USE ABLACK MAN LIKE A CONDOM. SO THEY PST COMMENTS AS IF MUGABEIS VRY BAD, THEY WANT TO GAIN SUPPORT, VISIT ZIBABWE AND SEEE PEOPLEARE PROGRESSSING WITHOUT THE BRITISH TIME FOR BLACK AFRICANS TO UNITE DONT BE FOOLED BY WHITE TEY OT MILLIONS OF DOLARS BUT US BLACKS WE STAY IN SHACKS MUGABE IS RIGHT I WANT TO SEE A FREE SOUTH AFRICA ECONOMICAL WHIESTHE ARE AGAINST ECONOMICAL FREEDOM BUT SOON I SEE IT COMING BY FORCE THE WAY IT HAPPEN IN ZIM WATCH THE SPACE

  • Karen - 2012-04-20 13:46

    Please note that Ms. Chiguvare is not an employee of Save the Children in South Africa, and does not represent the organisation. Karen Allan Advocacy and Communications Advisor Save the Children.

      Cris - 2012-04-20 13:52

      You see. Even she lied about who employs her. These two were up to no good.

      Cris - 2012-04-20 13:52

      You see. Even she lied about who employs her. These two were up to no good.

      nhla.prv - 2012-04-20 14:27

      Lock them up.Period. whether from Africa or the West, you break the law you pay the consequences.

      nhla.prv - 2012-04-20 14:27

      Lock them up.Period. whether from Africa or the West, you break the law you pay the consequences.

  • Jacqui - 2012-04-20 13:48

    Well if he was arrested previously one would think he would know better. You don't mess with Uncle Bob.

  • Cris - 2012-04-20 13:56

    Now it turns out the lady friend of that Journalist was lying about Save The Children being her employer. These two were up to no good up in there.

  • Ted - 2012-04-20 14:08

    We mourn when people break the law here and get away with it. When someone breaks the law in Zim, he is not supposed to be arrested? Silly double standards. Try to get into the USA under false pretenses and see. You will be in Guantanamo after a few minutes. Let's be sober about immigration laws. Every country has its own laws. If anyone is in doubt try to get into Saudi Arabia with alcohol in either a container or in your tummy!

  • Jabulani - 2012-04-20 14:52

    In Zim u don't do as u please. It is not South Africa, \we'll look into it\.

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