Zimbabwe Detains Journalists for Breaking COVID-19 Lockdown Rules

Rights lawyers say the arrests of journalists Frank Chikowore and Samuel Takawira confirm their fears that freedom of the press in Zimbabwe remains in dire jeopardy. According to court papers, the journalists broke COVID-19 regulations when they entered a hospital to interview three opposition activists who were being treated for injuries sustained after they were allegedly abducted and tortured by suspected security agents. 

Journalists Samuel Takawira and Frank Chikowore stand with a police detective outside a court in Harare, Zimbabwe, May 23, 2020.

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