Fear Grips NewsDay Newsroom After Raid

It is not yet established whose work it is although there is speculation that it could be the Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) which is keen on sniffing out the newspaper’s sources of news and information.

The newspaper said the stolen laptop and computer hard-drives contained vital information and data.

The Editor’s office was broken into and newsroom computers vandalised.

Senior journalists whose computers were wrecked include the assistant editor, Wisdom Mdzungairi, political editor Kelvin Jakachira, sports editor Wellington Toni, chief reporter Owen Gagare and chief business reporter Mernat Mafirakurewa.

The thieves also targeted computers used by senior parliamentary reporter Veneranda Langa, business reporter Victoria Mtomba and sub editors Sam Mutsvanga and Lillian Chitare.

Sources said reporters at the newspaper were worried about the developments and were not sure about their safety.

The sources said the newspaper has stepped on the toes of the establishment after it carried sensitive issues including an article that the army commander, General Constantine Chiwenga was airlifted to China after he fell ill and a story in which political analysts were calling on President Robert Mugabe to rest.

Senior army officials summoned Langa, the author of the Chiwenga story to Defence House.

“Reporters are very afraid,” said an insider. “They are not sure what’s going on because they are indications the break-in had the assistance of insiders.”

The sources said reporters were now wary about handling sensitive stories.