Posted by: africanpressorganization | 24 December 2008

Zimbabwe / Government-owned press group’s disciplinary committee orders editor’s reinstatement

 


 

Zimbabwe / Government-owned press group’s disciplinary committee orders editor’s reinstatement

 

HARARE, Zimbabwe, December 24, 2008/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The independent weekly The Standard reported on 20 December that the disciplinary committee of the government-owned press group Zimpapers cleared Bhekinkosi Ncube, the editor of one of its magazines, Umthunywa, of all charges and ordered his reinstatement.

 
 

Chaired by lawyer Sindiso Mazibisa, the head of the Zimpapers board’s human resources committee, the disciplinary committee also ordered that he should paid all salary and benefits due to him from the time of his suspension, on 16 September. The committee issued its ruling on 18 November, but according to The Standard, Ncube has still not returned to work for fear of government reprisals.

 
 

Ncube was suspended after being accused of sending a message insulting President Robert Mugabe from his private email address. The email of all of the Zimpapers group’s editors was reportedly placed under surveillance from 3 to 15 August in order to evaluate their loyalty to the ruling party – a move condemned by Reporters Without Borders in a press release.

 

 

SOURCE : Reporters without Borders (RSF)


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