The European Union in Zimbabwe and the United Kingdom in Zimbabwe have expressed concern over the denial of bail to Zimbabwean journalist Hopewell Chin’ono.
The award-winning journalist who was arrested on 20 July was again denied bail this Friday. Posting on Twitter, EU in Zimbabwe said:
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Journalist Hopewell Chin’ono was again denied bail: we are concerned about the instrumentalisation of the law against citizens exercising their constitutional rights, including freedom of opinion and expression & the right to freedom of peaceful assembly. #EU4HumanRights
The UK in Zimbabwe also posted on Twitter urging the Zimbabwean government to uphold human rights. The tweet reads:
We note with concern that Hopewell Chingono has once again been denied bail. We urge authorities to respect and not compromise the rights to freedom of speech, expression and peaceful assembly during this #COVID19 pandemic.
Chin’ono was arrested for inciting public violence after he rallied members of the public to participate in anti-government protests that were slated for the 31st of July.
He has since then applied for bail on numerous occasions with courts turning the applications down.
Some argue that Chin’ono is being victimised for exposing grand corruption by some government officials and departments.
Calls for his release have intensified lately following his continued detention.