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Breaking news: Standard Editor, reporter arrested


The Standard editor, Nevanji Madanhire and reporter, Patience Nyangove, have been picked up by the police in a move that could signify a renewed crackdown on the independent media.

Nyangove was arrested earlier this morning by two detectives who came to the offices of Alpha Media Holdings, publishers of the The Standard, NewsDay and The Zimbabwe Independent.

An hour later three detectives who identified themselves as Sergeants Mhangura, Kahoba and Makore picked up Madanhire.

The company human resources manager, Loud Ramakgapola accompanied Madanhire to the Harare Central police station where Nyangove is detained.

The two are being charged with criminal defamation.

Nyangove described a senior police officer as “notorious Makedenge”.

She made the reference in an article about Jameson Timba, the Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s office.

Chief Superintendent, Crispen Makedenge stands accused of abducting and torturing human rights campaigners including Jestina Mukoko.

Nyangove was driven away in an unmarked car and taken to Harare Central Police Station.

The Standard Editor Nevanji Madanhire confirmed that he was being taken to the police station.

“Yes, I can confirm that three detectives came and right now in the process of securing the services of a lawyer who will establish the nature of the charges.”

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