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Zimbabwean journalist’s lawsuit set to begin

If convicted Jeffery Moyo could face up to 10 years in jail.

If convicted Jeffery Moyo could face up to 10 years in jail.

The trial of Zimbabwean journalist Jeffery Moyo, charged with smuggling two of his fellow workers into the country in May, is anticipated to commence in Bulawayo city.

Media groups say he was incorrectly accused and should not face litigation.

Mr Moyo, a freelance reporter for the New York Times, is indicted for contravening immigration laws.

The authorities say he obtained false authorization cards for his fellow workers Christina Goldbaum and Joao Silva.

The two were reportedly given visas on the capacity of bogus papers made available by an official from state’s media commission.

They were expatriated soon after, the authorities say, on realization that their authorization was fake.

If sentenced, Mr Moyo could face up to 10 years in jail.

His apprehension has been extensively condemned and media groups say it is proof of the authorities’ paranoia concerning international media coverage.

Zimbabwe ranks very low on the media freedom index and journalists are nevertheless frequently attacked and nabbed, as stated by Reporters Without Borders.

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