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Reuters photographer sentenced for using satellite phone

(MISA/IFEX) - On 3 June 2008, Howard Nicholas Burditt, a photographer with Reuters news agency who was convicted on his own guilty plea of contravening Section 27(1) of the Broadcasting Services Act, was sentenced to pay a fine of ZWD $20 billion (approx. US$28).

Harare Magistrate Archie Wochionga also suspended a two-month prison sentence on condition that Burditt will not contravene the Broadcasting Services Act within the next five years. The photographer's satellite phone was forfeited by the state.

Burditt's lawyer, Charles Kwaramba, who was standing in for Alec Muchadehama, told the court that Burditt was to pay the fine not later than 6 June.

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