JOURNALIST and anti-corruption crusader Hopewell Chin’ono, 49, has been granted ZW$20 000 bail by High Court judge Justice David Foroma after spending three weeks in prison.
Justice Tawanda Chitapi read the operative part of the judgement. Full judgement will be available later. Chin’ono is facing allegations of publishing falsehoods.
The journalist was arrested earlier this month and charged with communicating falsehoods after he tweeted that police had beaten an infant to death while enforcing COVID-19 lockdown regulations.
This was the third time that Chin’ono was arrested in the last six months.
Chin’ono has become an easy target for Zimbabwe’s government and police.
His previous bail conditions limit his use of his social media and this is how the current charges were brought forward.
Zimbabwean journalist and government critic Hopewell Chin’ono arrested for the 3rd time in 6 months:
Before the latest arrest, Chin’ono was out on bail on separate charges of inciting violence after he voiced support for an anti-government protest in July.
He was also charged with contempt of court for allegedly claiming there was corruption within the country’s national prosecution agency.
Chin’ono’s investigative work has exposed deep seeded corruption in government.
His last piece unveiled tender corruption in the country’s Department of Health which led to the dismissal of then Health Minister, Obadiah Moyo. 🔺