Activists want Zimbabwean journalist freed

The re-arrest of Hopewell Chin'ono in Harare is drawing much criticism. An opposition MP and a Zimbabwean civic movement are demanding his immediate release. #DStv403 #eNCA

HARARE - The re-arrest of Hopewell Chin'ono in Harare is drawing much criticism.

An opposition MP and a Zimbabwean civic movement are demanding his immediate release.

READ: Zimbabwean journalist Hopewell Chin’ono speaks on his arrest

Hopewell Chin'ono was initially arrested in July on charges of inciting violence.

The journalist spent 45 days in prison.

Chin'ono was arrested again, for remarks he made on Twitter against the country's Chief Justice.

One activist who was in prison with Chin'ono in July says he's being victimised.

"I shared [the] same prison cell with Hopewell at Chikurubi Maximum prison, he is a man who loves his country, he has no political ambitions," said Job Sikhala, an MDC MP.

"Never shall we allow this government to take away our rights which are God-given, the right to allow everyone to express him or herself."

While another says Chin'ono has the right to be critical of the government.

"We are not prepared to give up our rights because of self-interest by the government, the people of Zimbabwe will continue speaking out," said Jacob Ngarivhume, convener of the 31st Movement.

"In the 21st century, you will not find a state which criminalises speaking out."

Chin'ono is an award-winning journalist known for speaking out against the state.

Watch the video above for more details.

Source
eNCA