Zimbabwean Journalist Hopewell Chin’ono rearrested for using Twitter

-the terms of his bail prohibit him from posting on Twitter.

Zimbabwean Journalist, Hopewell Chin’ono has been rearrested after authorities accused him of contempt of court for using Twitter.

The Police spokesperson Paul Nyathi on Wednesday said he can confirm to the people that Hopewell Chin’ono is in police custody since Tuesday waiting to appear in court.

Zimbabwean police earlier said Chin’ono was using his Twitter handle to “undermine the integrity of the courts.’’

Chin’ono after spending more than a month in pre-trial custody facing charges of inciting mass demonstrations was out on bail. It was stated that the terms of that bail prohibit him from posting on Twitter.

The journalist was arrested in July on charges of incitement to violence, after tweets he made in the run-up to a planned opposition protest. He could still face up to 10 years in prison if convicted.

Due to the heavy security presence the protest he was accused of being involved barely got off the ground.

Chin’ono’s investigations into alleged graft surrounding supplies for the COVID-19 pandemic led to the sacking and arrest of Obadiah Moyo, health minister.

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