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Magistrate Fails To Turn Up For Trial Of AMH Journalists

Alpha Media Holdings (AMH) journalists Blessed Mhlanga and Chengeto Chidi had their case of violating the Electoral Act postponed to June 13 after the presiding magistrate failed to turn up yesterday.

NewsDay reports that the journalists are represented by Jeremiah Bamhu and Tapiwa Muchineripi.

Mhlanga and Chidi are accused of taking videos inside a polling station without authority from the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC).

They are accused of contravening section 25(a) of the Electoral Act as read with section 30 of Statutory Instrument 21/2005 which prohibits taking photographs at a polling station.

The state alleges that on May 6 this year, at the corner of Hombarume and Dahuna roads in Zengeza 1, one or both of them, acting in common purpose, used a Samsung A512 cellphone and a camera to take photographs and recorded a video near ward 7 polling station tent B in Zengeza West without Zec’s permission.

Meanwhile, elsewhere in Chinhoyi, Studio 7 journalist Nunurai Jena was yesterday acquitted on charges of disorderly conduct.

Jena was arrested in 2020 for taking video images of a police roadblock in Chinhoyi during a national lockdown to combat the spread of COVID-19.

Jena was being accused of breaching section 41 of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act which deals with disorderly conduct in public places.

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