Freedom of Expression Tracker: Sentenced

Sentenced -This is when a judgement is handed down against a media worker involving either a prison term or a fine. The statistic given is for the number of media workers involved.


Chitongo was jointly charged with Tafadzwa Mhlanga, Givemore Kadzwida, and Courage Bandera. The four stood accused of collaborating to publish a newspaper that was not registered with the Zimbabwe Media Commission (ZMC), with intentions of selling it. They proceeded to publish three issues of the unregistered newspaper titled, the Southern Mirror. However, Chitongo’s co- accused persons were ...


Radio Phoenixis alleged to have run a phone-in programme dubbed “Pulse” alleging that the house had passed a resolution to increase emoluments.   If found guilty under the act, one is liable to a fine equivalent to 5000 penalty units or 12 months imprisonment or to both with or without labour.


Chitongo was jointly charged with Tafadzwa Mhlanga, Givemore Kadzwida, and Courage Bandera. The four stood accused of collaborating to publish a newspaper that was not registered with the Zimbabwe Media Commission (ZMC), with intentions of selling it. They proceeded to publish three issues of the unregistered newspaper titled, the Southern Mirror. However, Chitongo’s co- accused persons were ...


The allegations against the accused emanate from articles that were published in January 2014 by the Daily News which allegedly lowered the reputation of businessperson Kamal Khalfan. Khalfan then lodged a complaint to the police, leading to the arrest of the two.