Foreign journalists were among those targeted when the Zimbabwe government of Robert Mugabe flexed its muscles as tension rose during the wait for election results.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â In the Saturday Star, Fiona Ford provided a detailedÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â description of theÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â events.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â
Ford describes how information on the clampdown was shared between foreign correspondents by SMS.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â
"The phone kept hissing. Barry Bearak, the Joburg-based correspondent for The New York Times, had been arrested. Minutes later, another reporter was picked up – this time Briton Stephen Bevan, a reporter for The Sunday Telegraph. Yesterday, the authorities charged them for "practising without accreditation" but promised to release them "soon after screening." writes Ford.
Click here to read the report, posted on the Saturday Star's website. (Subscribers only)Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â