Zim Editor Hands Himself To Police

Madanhire went to the Harare Central Police’s CID Law and Order office just after 830am accompanied by lawyers from Alpha Media Holdings, the publishers of The Standard, a day after police visited the premises of the newspaper in search of the editor.
It is thought the police want to charge him over a written by Nqobani Ndlovu, the paper’s Bulawayo-based scribe, regarding the postponement of police promotional examinations.
Ndlovu was released on Friday after spending nine days at Khami Prison in the outskirts of Bulawayo. He is being charged with publishing defamatory statements against Police Commissioner General Augustine Chihuri and the police force in general.
Lawyers representing Ndlovu on Monday applied to the Suprme Court to have the charges against the newsman dropped.
Media stakeholders fear that there is a crackdown against critical media houses and journalists in the wake of talk of snap polls in mid 2011.
The arrest of journalists is thought to be intended to silence the small but vibrant independent media in the country.