Journalists Federation Demands Release Of Nqobani Ndlovu

Ndlovu is languishing at Khami Maximum Security Prison on the outskirts of Bulawayo following his arrest last week on charges of defaming the police.The charges arose from his story which was headlined “Police Exams Cancelled.”
The story alleged that retired police officers and war veterans had been re-called to take up vacant top posts in the police force where they will be directing operations during next year’s elections.
In a statement released on Saturday IFJ condemned the continuous detention of the Bulawayo Journalist and demanded his immediate release.“The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) today condemned in the strongest terms the increasing threats, harassment and arrests of media professionals in Zimbabwe, ”said Gabriel Baglo, director of
IFJ Africa .
“We have serious concerns following this series of incidents in less than a month without a credible political will to fight those who harass and intimidate the journalists in Zimbabwe. It is necessary for Zimbabwean authorities to take measures conducive for press freedom and the protection of journalists.”
Meanwhile journalists in Bulawayo were shocked to find out that Ndlovu had been transferred from Grey Street Remand Prison to Khami Prison.Khami gained notoriety in the 80s where hundreds of ZAPU prisoners and suspected dissidents were held and allegedly tortured by state security operatives.
“When we left the magistrate  court on Friday afternoon  Nqobani was taken to Grey Street Remand  Prison. But now he has been moved to Khami.This regime is so evil, how can they put an innocent journalist among hardcore criminals,” said a fellow journalist and friend of Ndlovu.
Ndlovu who is being charged for contravening Section 96 of the Criminal Law Codification and Reform Act appeared at the Bulawayo Magistrate Court on Friday but presiding magistrate
Sibongile Msipa postponed his bail application to Monday morning saying she needed time to study submissions from both the defence and prosecution.
The IFJ represents over 600 000 journalists in 125 countries worldwide.