Chin’ono has vowed to continue speaking out against corruption. The Zimbabwean journalist was released on bail following three weeks in detention
Chin’ono is facing charges of “peddling falsehoods” on social media – charges he denies.
Journalist Hopewell Chin’ono, who was released from Chikurubi Maximum Prison on Wednesday after paying about US$200 in bail, is defiant and bitter about his 19 days in detention on a charge that carries a jail sentence of up to 20 years if convicted.
“In the past six months have spent 80 days behind that filthy prison on trumped up charges, simply because I am talking about corruption, simply because I am making citizens understand the impact of corruption and how it is related to their suffering: to the failure by the government to put drugs in hospitals, to fix roads, to deliver water in people’s homes,” said Chin’ono.
“I am a journalist and I will continue doing journalism. I haven’t broken any laws of this country. It is political persecution, as I have been saying since day one when I was first arrested on the 20th of July, 2020.”
Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights – which is representing Chin’ono and two opposition leaders on the same charge – says “peddling falsehoods” was removed from the country’s statute books by the Constitutional Court in 2014.
But the government says the law still exists.