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Police detain and question news correspondent

(MISA/IFEX) - On 3 December 2008, John Nyashanu, a correspondent with the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), and three other people suspected to be his workmates were picked up by riot police in Harare and taken to the Harare Central Police Station, where they were questioned and released without charges.

Nyashanu told MISA-Zimbabwe that the police wanted to verify their identities as journalists. Nyashanu is an accredited journalist under the terms of the restrictive Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (AIPPA). The police still took him to Harare Central despite the presentation of his accreditation card, saying they wanted more information.

The crew was covering protests organised by the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) in the face of the difficulties in accessing substantial amounts of money from the banks due to the minimum cash withdrawal limits that have been imposed. Clients have been waiting for hours in long queues outside commercial banks to withdraw money.

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