The editor of an independent newspaper and a prominent human rights lawyer have been arrested and Zimbabwe's largest farm union said yesterday that 40000 farmworkers have been displaced in post-election violence.
Davison Maruziva, editor of the Standard newspaper, was taken by police from the newspaper's office yesterday, the paper's publisher said. And lawyer Harrison Nkomo was arrested in central Harare on Wednesday, New York-based Human Rights Watch said.
Police could not be reached for comment. Maruziva was accused of publishing "false statements prejudicial to the state," said Iden Wetherell, group editor of the Standard, and its sister paper, the Zimbabwe Independent business and political weekly.
Nkomo faces charges of "insulting or undermining the authority of the head of state," Human Rights Watch said.
Maruziva, a veteran Zimbabwean journalist who is in his 50s, was also accused of contempt of court for publishing an article by opposition leader Arthur Mutamabara in the Standard on April 20.
Mutamabara harshly criticised the election and the conduct of the March 29 election by the Zanu-PF party, the courts and judicial officials. - Sapa-AP