Zim Journalist Denied Bail
1 June 2021

Journalist Jeffrey Moyo was on Monday denied bail for the second time when he appeared before a Bulawayo magistrate.

Moyo, a freelancer for the New York Times, spent the past seven days in jail and has been remanded in custody to 10 June at Bulawayo Prison.

He was arrested last Wednesday for allegedly contravening Section 36 of the Immigration Act through assisting two South African-based New York Times journalists Joao Silva and Christina Goldbaum to fraudulently acquire media accreditation cards.

He is also accused of conniving with Zimbabwe Media Commission (ZMC) employee, Thabang Manhika in committing the offence.

He denies the charge against him.

New York Times spokesperson Nicole Taylor, in a statement emailed to Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), said:

We are deeply concerned by Jeffrey Moyo’s arrest and are assisting his lawyers to secure his timely release. Jeffrey is a widely respected journalist with many years of reporting experience in Zimbabwe and his detainment raises troubling questions about the state of press freedom in Zimbabwe.

Silva and Goldbaum were deported back to South Africa.

Moyo was represented by Doug Coltart.- Pindula News