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Our colleague Jeffrey Moyo has been arrested in Harare

von Hans Dembowski


Jeffrey Moyo

Jeffrey Moyo

Jeffrey Moyo regularly writes contributions for D+C Development and Cooperation. He was arrested in Harare, where he lives, on Wednesday, and then transferred to Bulawayo. As we learned today, he is still being denied bail.

Jeffrey also works for the New York Times and other media houses. The New York Times ran a long story on the matter, stating that he is being held in harsh conditions: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/28/world/africa/zimbabwe-jeffrey-moyo-arrest.html

As far as we can tell, he has not committed any serious wrong doing. He is apparently being accused of having helped foreign journalists do research in Zimbabwe. We appeal to the country’s authorities to free our colleague immediately and to respect to the freedom of the press. Governments should not fear media coverage. It does not matter where the journalists come from, they should be free to serve the public.   

According to the New York Times, Jeffrey’s arrest “has come amid a crackdown on press freedom in the southern African country”. The newspaper also reported: “The Committee to Protect Journalists, a New York-based advocacy group, said in a statement that Mr. Moyo’s arrest reflected a pattern of media repression in Zimbabwe.”