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Two journalists arrested

(MISA/IFEX) - Freelance journalists Andrison Manyere and Nkosana Dhlamini were arrested and detained overnight at the Waterfalls police station in Harare on 30 October 2010 while covering a constitutional information gathering meeting.

Manyere and Dhlamini were arrested together with Diana Nyikadzino, Phineas Natarika and Eric Murayi during the meeting held at the St John Retreat in Harare South.

The five were arrested in a scuffle that took place after Dhlamini tried to interview some of the meeting participants.

The two journalists were initially detained at the Waterfalls police station without charges. They were then charged with "criminal nuisance" under the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act after they were transferred to the Harare Central Police Station.

The five detained individuals were released late in the afternoon on 31 October, following the intervention of their lawyers and upon paying admission of guilt fines of US$20 each.

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