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JOURNALIST Hopewell Chin’ono granted $20 000 bail by High Court judge

JOURNALIST Hopewell Chin’ono has been granted $20 000 bail by High Court judge, Justice Davison Foroma.

The granting of bail ends his 20 day incarceration at Chikurubi Maximum Prison.

Chin’ono, an acclaimed investigative reporter, was arrested 20 days ago on allegations that he breached Section 31 (a) (iii) of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act, by posting a Tweet that falsely reported the death of a child after a physical assault by a police officer.

Meanwhile MDC-Alliance deputy chairman Job Sikhala, who is facing a similar charge, is before Justice Tawanda Chitapi, awaiting his bail appeal hearing this morning.

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The Media Alliance of Zimbabwe (MAZ)

The Media Alliance of Zimbabwe (MAZ)

The Media Alliance of Zimbabwe (MAZ) is an alliance of media support organisations including the Media Monitoring Project Zimbabwe, Media Institute of Southern Africa (Zimbabwe chapter), Zimbabwe Union of Journalists (ZUJ), Zimbabwe National Editors’ Forum (ZINEF), Gender and Media Connect (GMC), the Media Centre, the Zimbabwe Association of Community Radio Stations (ZACRAS), the Voluntary Media Council of Zimbabwe (VMCZ) and the African Community Publishing Development Trust (ACPDT).