Zimbabwean journalist fined for New York Times accreditation – WSB-TV Channel 2

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HARARE, Zimbabwe — (AP) — A Zimbabwean court on Tuesday convicted a journalist of violating the country’s immigration laws by allegedly arranging forged credentials for two New York Times correspondents.

The Bulawayo Magistrate’s Court fined Jeffrey Moyo 200,000 Zimbabwean dollars (about US$650) and also imposed a two-year suspended sentence, according to a statement from the media freedom advocacy group, the Media Institute of Southern Africa.

Police arrested Moyo in May last year and accused him of facilitating the fraudulent accreditation of two foreign journalists from the New York newspaper who were in Zimbabwe on a reporting trip. The two foreign journalists were deported, while Moyo spent about three weeks in detention before being released on bail.

Zimbabwe has a history of harassing journalists who do not work for state media and many foreign correspondents were banned under the late President Robert Mugabe. President Emmerson Mnangagwa promised to open up media space as part of democratic reforms when he took power in 2017. However, government critics accuse him of failing to deliver on that promise.

The Committee to Protect Journalists criticized the court’s decision, saying it is evidence of a continued crackdown on the press in Zimbabwe.

“Today’s sentencing of journalist Jeffrey Moyo is a monumental travesty of justice and shows just how badly press freedom has deteriorated in Zimbabwe under President Emmerson Mnangagwa,” said Angela Quintal, South Africa Program Coordinator. CPJ, in a statement.

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