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Zimbabwe: Court Dismisses Government’;s Case Against Foreign Journalists

(May 2, 2008) A Zimbabwean court dismissed charges against a NEW YORK TIMES journalist and a British man for reporting Zimbabwe's election “without proper accreditation.” The court cited the state's failure to prove “reasonable suspicion of them practicing as journalists” as the reason for throwing out the case. (Zimbabwe Court Clears 2 Foreign Journalists, AP, Apr. 16, 2008.)

According to the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act, reporting without proper accreditation is a crime punishable by fine or up to two years of imprisonment (section 79 (8), Cap 10:27 (amended by 5/2003, 21/2004, 20/2007) (2002) available at http://www.sokwanele.com/node/509 (unofficial source)).