21 January 1999

Alert

Journalists tortured while in custody


Incident details

Marc Chavunduka,Ray Choto

journalist(s)

detained


(RSF/IFEX) - RSF is expressing serious concern about the ill-treatment
inflicted on Marc Chavunduka and Ray Choto, both journalists with the
"Standard". According to RSF's information, both were beaten and one of them
received electric shocks to his genitals. The military police wanted them to
reveal their sources for a controversial article about an alleged coup
d'etat.





**Updates IFEX alerts of 21 January, 18 January, 15 January and 13 January
1999**


Recommended Action


Send appeals to the Justice Minister:

  • deeply regretting that such ill-treatment still takes place in Zimbabwe
  • urging him to use his influence to ensure that journalists are not
    tortured while in detention
  • expressing the hope that the charges against the two journalists will
    soon
    be dropped
  • reminding him that, to your knowledge, the journalists were merely
    exercising their right to free expression, as guaranteed in the
    International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which Zimbabwe has
    ratified




    Appeals To



    Emmerson Mnangagwa
    Minister of Justice
    Harare, Zimbabwe






    Please copy appeals to the source if possible.




  • Source

    Reporters Without Borders
    47, rue Vivienne
    75002 Paris
    France
    rsf (@) rsf.org
    Fax:+33 1 45 23 11 51

    More on this case

    "Standard" journalists' trial date set 15 March 2000 Tortured journalists' trial deferred 7 January 2000 Court clears minister of contempt charges; spares newspaper costs 15 March 1999 Court rules for journalists to seek medical treatment, state appeals 24 February 1999 IFJ condemns Zimbabwe for arrests and torture 12 February 1999 WAN condemns Zimbabwe press crackdown 11 February 1999 Medical report details torture of two journalists 10 February 1999 Human Rights Watch protests new crackdown on Zimbabwe's independent media 10 February 1999 RSF protests deteriorating press freedom situation 9 February 1999 Three more journalists arrested 8 February 1999 ARTICLE 19 to support journalists' legal bid 3 February 1999 Newspaper director released unconditionally; government promises to crack down on bad press against military 27 January 1999 Police blockade peaceful protest 27 January 1999 Newspaper's managing editor appears in court 27 January 1999 NDIMA protests detention of journalist 25 January 1999 Fears for newspaper director high 25 January 1999 Journalists sent for full medical check-up amid disclosure of torture ordeal; further attacks on journalists; protest held in Namibia 22 January 1999 Journalists released on bail 21 January 1999 Detained journalists appear in court 21 January 1999 MISA concerned for health and well-being of detained journalists 21 January 1999 Journalists tortured while in custody 21 January 1999 WAN protests continued illegal detention of journalist 21 January 1999 Zimbabwean defence ministry continues to detain journalist 18 January 1999 Journalist still detained 15 January 1999 WAN condemns Zimbabwe press crackdown 11 February 1998 WAN condemns Zimbabwe press crackdown 11 February 1998 WAN condemns Zimbabwe press crackdown 11 February 1998 WAN condemns Zimbabwe press crackdown 11 February 1998 Editor arrested 13 January 1999
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