Police in Zimbabwe have arrested the distinguished journalist Hopewell Chin‘ono, for the third time in six months, his lawyer mentioned.
Doug Coltart mentioned he was en path to the police station to substantiate the fees towards his shopper.
Chin‘ono posted on his Twitter account that police had taken him from his home and mentioned they had been charging him with “speaking falsehoods”.
The arrest comes after Chin‘ono tweeted that police had crushed an toddler to dying whereas imposing Covid-19 lockdown guidelines this week. Police later mentioned the data was false.
Earlier than the most recent arrest, Chin‘ono was out on bail on separate costs of inciting violence after he voiced help for an anti-government protest in July and likewise on contempt of court docket costs for allegedly claiming corruption inside the nation’s nationwide prosecution company.
Chin‘ono is one among Zimbabwe’s most distinguished critics of president Emmerson Mnangagwa’s administration, accusing it of corruption and human rights abuses. The federal government denies the fees.
Earlier than he was arrested in July, Chin‘ono had printed an expose on Twitter, during which he alleged corruption involving a $60m buy of protecting gear for well being employees.
Mnangagwa later fired the well being minister, who has been formally charged with corruption within the case. Chin‘ono and his backers say he’s being focused for exposing authorities corruption. The federal government and the ruling get together accuse him of being out to tarnish Mnangagwa’s picture.