Authorities in Zimbabwe have arrested a prominent journalist known for his reporting on the country’s endemic corruption in the latest in a series of abductions of government critics. Hopewell Chin’ono was taken from his home in Harare on Monday by eight “state security agents” who broke windows to gain entry and did not produce any warrant, his lawyer said. Chin’ono, a well-known and internationally respected reporter, recently published documents that raised concerns that powerful individuals in Zimbabwe were profiting from multimillion-dollar deals for essential supplies to fight the coronavirus pandemic. Police said he would be charged with “incitement to participate in public violence”, an accusation that is thought to be linked to a forthcoming protest against corruption organised by activists and opposition politicians. Chin’ono is being held at Harare central police station and was notified of the charges five hours after his arrest. He will appear in court on Tuesday. An opposition politician who has been organising a high-profile anti-corruption protest was also detained. Jacob Ngarivhume, the leader of the small Transform Zimbabwe party, is also detained at Harare police station and has faces the same charges. The arrests prompted a strong reaction from human rights campaigners and western powers…. Read full this story
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