Zimbabwe Newspapers (Zimpapers) group has been sued by CMED (Private) Ltd for $50 000 in defamation damages following publication of an alleged offensive article which came out in The Herald issue of August 22 this year.
In the claim, CMED said the alleged defamatory article stated that its senior officials collected fuel from the National Oil Infrastructure Company (NOIC) meant for government business and diverted it to private service stations for resale. The parastatal said the article was untrue and highly defamatory. In their claim they said,
Consequently, plaintiff (CMED) suffered damages for defamation in the sum of $50 000 which despite demand defendants (The Herald editor Caeser Zvayi and reporter Freeman Razemba) have either failed, refused or neglected to pay. The publication, writing and circulation of the said article was palpable calculated to and indeed injure and defame the plaintiff in its good corporate name and standing in the eyes of the public as well as the relevant stakeholders within the business throughout the world.
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The respondents have since entered an appearance to defend notices.