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Hopewell Chin’ono is on bail - with covid-19?

Hopewell Chin'ono

Hopewell Chin'ono

ZIMBABWEAN journalist Hopewell Chin'ono was released on bail on 2 September. Lawyers who visited him in prison on 31 August reported that he was unwell, with symptoms compatible with covid-19. Prison authorities claimed he was well.

Hopewell had been arrested in Harare on 20 July after exposing government corruption involving coronavirus supplies. He live-streamed his arrest before being told to put his phone down - BBC Africa has the footage.

London Freelance Branch sent Hopewell's lawyers a message of support:

London Freelance Branch of the National Union of Journalists offers its full support to our Zimbabwean colleague Hopewell Chin'ono whose arrest on charges of "inciting violence" has followed his exposure of widespread corruption and looting by the government of his country.

Colleagues in Harare note that Hopewell is an award-winning documentary film maker and international journalist. He has done work as ITV News Africa Field Producer and as a New York Times correspondent. He has spent the past few months accumulating evidence and exposing the corruption and looting of the present government, including the fate of US$60m covid-19 supplies.