The Media Review Network (MRN) has noted with concern the continued unlawful prosecution of two South African media technicians by the Zimbabwe authorities.
The trial at the Harare high court at which Sipho Maseko and Abdullah Gaibee are facing charges, following their earlier release, suggests that the Zimbabwe regime has opted to politicise their presence in that country despite being legally accredited to provide technical knowledge on behalf of their employer, Globecast.
These media workers are being punished for inexplicable reasons and should have charges against them withdrawn as a matter of urgency.
We therefore call on the Zimbabwe government todrop all charges, refrain from pressing further charges and to release them unconditionally.
We also call on the SA government to exercise the protection of its citizens – especially against the type of witch-hunt experienced by both Maseko and Gaibee – and to secure their safe return home as a matter of urgency.
We further call on President Mbeki to make a direct intervention in this regard.
** Issued by
Chairman – Media Review Network
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