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Zimbabwe journalists' union president arrested

16 November 2010

The president of the Zimbabwe Union of Journalists (ZUJ) has been arrested for writing an article about the police force.

The NUJ has condemned the arrest of Dumisani Sibanda, which follows the recent detention and harassment of other journalists, Nkosana Dlamini and Andreson Manyere in Harare, and Sydney Saize who was beaten up, robbed and injured in Mutare, eastern Zimbabwe.

Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ deputy general secretary, said:

"The NUJ has worked closely with Dumisani Sibanda and we demand his immediate release.
"We are seeing an increase in arrests and harassment of journalists and we fear the situation will get worse in the run up to the elections in 2011.
"Journalists should be able to work without fear of detention and arrest. We will do all we can to help our brave colleagues in the ZUJ to stand up to this fresh wave of attacks."

Foster Dongozi, ZUJ general secretary and president of the Southern Africa Journalists Association, and ZUJ executive member, Jennifer Dube, are to visit the UK to take part in an NUJ speakers tour starting this weekend.

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