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MISA: Media Violations Statistics May/June 2012

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Vendors selling copies of the privately owned Newsday and Daily News newspapers

Ordered by a lone soldier to surrender their newspapers at a local police post in the Midlands provincial  town centre of Gokwe.

22 May 2012

It is feared that the soldier's actions could signal renewed terror campaigns against the independent press ahead of elections slated for this year or in 2013.

Passmore Kuzipa, The Mirror's news editor

Assaulted with clenched fists by Gabriel Mupasiri, a car dealer and computer technician in Zimbabwe's  southern town of Masvingo who insisted he was the person mentioned in a story under the satirical column, Hot on the Heels, titled - Rhodene man locks up wife.

24 May 2012

A report was made at Masvingo Central Police station where an assault case number 1347075, was opened against Mupasiri. According to officials at The Mirror, the police were still pursuing the matter.

Petroc Trelawny. BBC presenter

Arrested during the Bulawayo Music Festival in Zimbabwe's second largest city of Bulawayo for working in Zimbabwe without accreditation.

26 May 2012

According to Bruce McDonald, the administrator of the Zimbabwe Academy of Music, Trelawny had been treated well while in police custody. He was expected to fly out of Zimbabwe on 28 May 2012.

Vendors selling   privately-owned newspapers, Newsday and the Daily News

Threatened by Members of the Zimbabwe Ex-Political Prisoners, Detainees and Restrictees' Association (Zeppdra) unless the publications give positive coverage to President Robert Mugabe.

27 May 2012

Suspected ZANU PF supporters have reportedly banned the circulation of the two papers in outlying parts of the country.

Kelvin Jakachira , former political editor with Newsday

Awarded more than US$18 000 in damages after an independent arbitrator ruled that his employers Alpha Media Holdings (AMH) had illegally terminated his employment contract.

30 May 2012

AMH lawyer, Miranda Sachikonye, said they would  appeal against the ruling as they were not satisfied with the decision.

Petroc Trelawny. BBC presenter

Arrested during the Bulawayo Music Festival in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe's second largest city for allegedly working in Zimbabwe without accreditation in terms of the repressive Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (AIPPA).

1 June 2012

After being released on 30 May 2012, he was then facing new charges on allegations of breaching Zimbabwe's immigration laws. Eventually flew out of the country on 1 June 2012 after the charges were dropped.

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