Zimbabwe cops release reporters

2011-07-16 14:26

Four newly released Zimbabwean journalists say police arrested them for asking about a police officer fired for political reasons.

Independent reporter Pindayi Dube spoke today after the four were released north of the city of Bulawayo after their arrest yesterday.

He says they were arrested for trying to witness a policeman being evicted from a police camp for listening to music on his cellphone that allegedly “incited” police recruits to join Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s party.

Rights groups say police have launched a clampdown against independent journalists and politicians opposed to longtime ruler President Robert Mugabe since he called for elections this year to end the nation’s troubled coalition.

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