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Foreign journalist arrested for allegedly practicing journalism without accreditation

(MISA/IFEX) - On 30 October 2008, British journalist Phillip Warington Taylor was arrested by members of the Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) at Harare International Airport on allegations of practicing journalism in Zimbabwe without accreditation.

Taylor was arrested aboard his flight, which was about to take off. He had spent 30 days in Zimbabwe.

Taylor, who is being represented by lawyer Harrison Nkomo, is denying the charges, saying he was only a visitor and never practiced journalism during his stay in Zimbabwe. He was granted $Z 150 000 (approx. US$200) bail and ordered to surrender his travel documents. Taylor is expected to appear in court on 5 November.

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