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"Daily News" journalist arrested

(MISA/IFEX) - Police on 2 December 2011 stormed into the "Daily News" newsroom and arrested reporter Xolisani Ncube in connection with an article about a government minister that appeared in the paper last month which was titled "Chombo brags about riches".

Meanwhile, the editor, Stanely Gama, who had also been summoned by the police in relation to the same investigation, handed himself over to the police in the company of his lawyer Alec Muchadehama.

The two were still still being interviewed by the police at Harare Central Police Station as of 2 p.m. on 2 December. They are likely to be charged with criminal defamation under the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act.

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