Posted: May 29, 2012 in Uncategorized


A few weeks ago, the UK Sunday Times headlined a story detailing the embarrassing treatment of a New Zealand photo-journalist who was arrested while taking photos of desperate Zimbabweans crossing the border to South Africa. The journalist, who spent 25 days in jail, had entered the country as a tourist and went on to do his journalist work without authorisation as required by laws of the country. In theory the Zimbabwean authorities had the right to arrest him but I think his detention and the treatment he received were disproportionate to the offence. Moreover, Zimbabwe attracted substantial negative publicity as a result, with the story given a front page cover in one of Europe’s most widely read Sunday publications so overall I don’t see how the Zimbabwean authorities benefited by keeping this man in prison. Instead, his detention gave the journalist access to key facts –many of which were already…

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