Trevor Ncube who advises president Emmerson Mnangagwa in the Presidential Advisory Council (PAC) has criticised the arrest of prominent journalist Hopewell Chin’ono.
The award-winning journalist and filmmaker was arrested on Monday for inciting violence after he encouraged the citizenry to participate in anti-government protests over rampant corruption by some government officials.
Speaking on Chin’ono’s arrest, Ncube who is also the chairperson of the Alpha Media Holdings which houses publications including The Standard and NewsDay said:
The arrest and detention of Hopewell Chin’ono @ is repugnant. It is the thing that tinpot dictatorships scared of peaceful protests resort to. Hopewell’s arrest is designed to have a chilling effect on citizens exercising their constitutional rights.
Chin’ono’s arrest attracted criticism from various stakeholders and the international community who said it was a slap in the face of democracy.
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