Zimbabwe editor jailed, accused of defaming police

AP News
Posted: Jun 30, 2011 6:49 AM
Zimbabwe editor jailed, accused of defaming police

Attorneys say a Zimbabwean editor is in jail after his independent weekly newspaper published a story about a minister being detained.

Nevanji Madanhire, editor of The Standard, was taken away by detectives Wednesday. Attorney Linda Cook said one of the paper's reporters was also detained but later released.

The editor is accused of defaming police after an article in the paper quoted people fearing for a government minister's safety.

Police had taken Minister of State Jameson Timba into custody and refused to reveal his whereabouts.

Timba was detained after he allegedly called longtime President Robert Mugabe a liar. Insulting Mugabe is a criminal offense under Zimbabwe's sweeping security laws.