Zim journalists charged over story
The pair stand accused of publishing a story which police claim would have caused an uprising.
HARARE - Police have charged two journalists from a private newspaper for publishing a story they claim might have caused an uprising.
Editor Nevanji Madanhire and reporter Moses Matenga from the private _NewsDay _paper were summoned to a Harare police station over reports that suggested police were partly to blame for an accident which killed a three-year-old boy in the capital.
Madanhire and Matenga were detained and questioned for over five hours and eventually charged under the Criminal Law Act with publishing falsehoods.
Madanhire told Eyewitness News the police said NewsDay's story could have caused an uprising.
The pair has denied the charges.
The charges stem from NewsDay's coverage of the death of a three-year-old boy last week who was run over by a bus trying to escape a traffic policeman.
Residents and the press are up in arms over the intensifying war between police and commuter buses with claims that police demand bribes and sometimes smash the windscreens of buses they are trying to stop.