Zim editor released on bail

The editor of a private Zimbabwean newspaper who was detained by police has been released on bail....

Eyewitness News report. Picture: EWN

The editor of a private Zimbabwean newspaper who was detained by police has been released on bail.

Standard editor Nevanji Madanhire was charged with undermining public confidence in the police.

Defence lawyer Linda Cook told Eyewitness News that her client was ordered to pay bail of US$100 (R690). Madanhire also has to report to a police station once every two weeks.

Cook said the lenient conditions show that the Attorney General's office does not believe it has a strong case.

Madanhire and reporter Patience Nyangove were arrested this week over an article that allegedly defamed a police officer by branding him as "notorious".

Zimbabwe's Media Monitoring Project said the arrests posed a major threat to hopes for media reforms in the country.