Two Zim editors arrested

Zimbabwe’s 'Daily News' says its editor and deputy editor were arrested on charges of criminal defamation.

Men walk past Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's ruling ZANU-PF posters covering the windows of the Zimbabwean Daily News Paper in Harare on 4 March 2002. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - Zimbabwe's once-banned newspaper the Daily News on Tuesday said its editor and deputy editor were arrested on charges of criminal defamation.

Group Editor Stanley Gama and his deputy Chris Goko were detained for four hours at the Harare Central Police Station on Monday.

They recorded statements and had their fingerprints taken.

The two editors deny charges of criminally defaming former advisor of the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe, Munyaradzi Kereke.

They were detained after Kereke complained to the police about a story the Daily News, published in September.

The businessman said his wife and children went missing, but in the published story, the newspaper suggested those claims could be a hoax.

It claimed the wife and children had flown to South Africa.

Defence lawyer Alec Muchadehama told Eyewitness News that his clients were not guilty, but that they could face up to two years in jail if convicted.

He said the pair could be called back to the police station on Wednesday.