The trial of Daily News editor Geoff Nyarota and his reporter Lloyd Mudiwa was referred to the Supreme Court after their lawyers said the case raised serious constitutional issues.
Mudiwa and Nyarota are charged with publishing falsehoods after a story written by Mudiwa which claimed that a woman had been beheaded by Zimbabwe African National Union- Patriotic Front supporters turned out to be untrue.
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SUBJECT: MEDIA REPORT MUDIWA TRIAL REFERRED TO SUPREME
The trial of “Daily News” reporter Lloyd Mudiwa and his
editor Geoffrey Nyarota has been referred to the country’s
Supreme Court. A Zimbabwean magistrate, Sandra Nhau,
yesterday (July 24) agreed with defense lawyers that the
case raised “serious constitutional matters.” Mudiwa and
Nyarota are facing charges of publishing a false story
under the newly enacted Access to Information and
Protection of Privacy Act (AIPPA). Last week a magistrate
acquitted Andrew Meldrum, a U. S. national reporting for
the British-based “Guardian” newspaper, of similar charges.