Agence France-PresseMay 15, 2013 23:30
Zimbabwean journalists are no strangers to harassment, but as fresh presidential elections near, there is a gloomy sense the media is being thrust back into the firing line.
It is an all too familiar sequence of events:
A story is printed or broadcast that is damaging to 89-year-old President Robert Mugabe or his party, threats and denunciations follow from government and its media mouthpieces, then come the arrests.
So it was last week for two journalists with the Zimbabwe Independent, who were charged with publishing "false statements prejudicial to the State."