Two foreign journalists held in Harare for working without accreditation

first_img ZimbabweAfrica News to go further Zimbabwean journalist Hopewell Chin’ono denied bail ZimbabweAfrica November 27, 2020 Find out more News April 4, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Two foreign journalists held in Harare for working without accreditation November 12, 2020 Find out more Reports The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa Receive email alerts Follow the news on Zimbabwe News Reporters Without Borders calls for the release of two journalists working for international news media who have been held since a police raid yesterday on a Harare hotel being used by the foreign press. Reporters Without Borders calls for the release of two journalists working for international news media who have been held since a police raid yesterday on a Harare hotel being used by the foreign press.“Coming amid heightened tension resulting from the delays in announcing the results of the 29 March general elections, this serious incident is reviving fears that President Robert Mugabe’s supporters and the security forces could use force to hold on to power,” Reporters Without Borders said.“The African observers monitoring the elections process should request the release of the detained reporters,” the press freedom organisation added. “Those who want to maintain calm in Zimbabwe should understand that this kind of raid now belongs to the past and that journalists who were just doing their job should not be in detention.”At around 2 p.m. yesterday, a Zimbabwean police unit raided the York Lodge, a Harare hotel being used by several foreign reporters covering the elections. Five journalists were arrested. Three of them were later released, but two are still being held at Harare police headquarters. One of them is New York Times correspondent Barry Bearak.Their lawyer, Beatrice Mtetwa, said they would be charged to day with working without accreditation in violation of a 2002 press law known as the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act, under which journalists can be sentenced to up to two years in prison for working without a permit from Media and Information Commission (MIC).The police also raided the headquarters of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) yesterday. According to official results, the MDC has won a majority in the parliament. But the electoral commission had not yet announced the results of the other elections, including the presidential election, fueling concern that Mugabe and his party may refuse to release their hold on power. Organisation Help by sharing this information RSF_en Zimbabwean court must free imprisoned journalist who is unwell September 1, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Danville Village highway project to re-start on Wednesday

first_imgThe Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) announced today that construction on the Danville Village reconstruction project will resume on Wednesday, July 27th.  ‘We are getting back to work on our Danville project this week,’ said Richard Tetreault, VTrans Director of Program Development. The announcement comes nearly two weeks after the Agency issued a stop work order following concerns over traffic management challenges for the project. Beginning Wednesday, project work will begin along US Route 2 east of the village green. Limited work is also expected to take place on and around the village green.  The traveling public can expect up to 10-minute delays through the project from the hours of 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Two lanes of traffic will be open during peak times of the early morning (7:00 ~ 9:00) and late afternoon (4:00 ~ 6:00). Traffic will be managed by flaggers at each end of the work zone and where needed at driveways and side roads. According to Tetreault, VTrans had issued the stop work order following the discovery of several unanticipated factors and traffic challenges. During the past two weeks the VTrans project team has met daily with the contractors to re-assess and redevelop a project plan and schedule, including an improved traffic management plan. VTrans has also held meetings with area residents and businesses to better understand public concerns. The contractor, Pike Industries, Inc. is being advised of the changes and will work to update their schedule of operations. Moving forward, VTrans will also step-up its efforts to communicate with the public on project updates and activities, including hosting periodic meetings with the area residents. The meetings will include the contractor and the VTrans inspection team. ‘We want to make sure folks understand what the contractor’s schedule of operations will be and also provide a forum for the public to ask questions and become informed,’ Director Tetreault explained.last_img read more