Arrested Sunday Mail Journalists Released On Bail

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The Sunday Mail Editor Mabasa Sasa, Investigations Editor Brian Chitemba and Reporter Tinashe Farawo  have been released on US$100 bail  each on Wednesday afternoon after their initial appearance at the Harare Magistrates’ Court on allegations of publishing falsehoods.

Handcuffed Sunday Mail editor Mabasa Sasa,reporters Brian Chitemba and Tinashe Farawo are escorted by detectives as they arrive at the Harare Magistrate court,November 4,2015.The three journalists were today charged for publishing falsehoods after reporting that a police commissioner and park officials were involved in a spate of elephant killings-Copyright Philimon Bulawayo

Handcuffed Sunday Mail editor Mabasa Sasa,reporters Brian Chitemba and Tinashe Farawo are escorted by detectives as they arrive at the Harare Magistrate court,November 4,2015.The three journalists were today charged for publishing falsehoods after reporting that a police commissioner and park officials were involved in a spate of elephant killings-Copyright Philimon Bulawayo

The journalists were arrested on Monday following the publication of an investigative article that was published in the newspaper’s edition of November 1, 2015.

The article stated that some police officers, Parks and Wildlife Management Authority of Zimbabwe rangers and Asians were part of a syndicate that is responsible for the poaching that has seen 55 elephants being killed since early 2015.

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