HARARE, Zimbabwe — There are reports from Zimbabwe that President Robert Mugabe’s government raided the offices of the main opposition movement and rounded up foreign journalists — leading to fears he may use intimidation and violence to keep his grip on power.
Witnesses say police raided a hotel used by the opposition Movement for Democratic Change and ransacked some of the rooms.
Riot police also surrounded another hotel housing foreign journalists and took away several of them, according to a man who answered the phone there.
The CBC and The Globe and Mail both have reporters in Harare to cover the election.
But both news organizations told The Canadian Press their reporters were not at the hotel that was raided and are safe.
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Foreign journalists charged in Zimbabwe: police
The Zimbabwean authorities have charged two foreign journalists arrested in Harare with breaching the country’s tough media laws by reporting without accreditation, police said Friday.
New York Times correspondent Barry Bearak, 58, and a 45-year-old journalist from Britain, were among four people picked up Thursday by police at a Harare guest house.
“They have both been charged for practising without accreditation but the other two will be released soon after screening,” national police spokesman Wayne Bvudzijena told AFP.
“We have so many other foreign journalists who have followed the laid-down procedures and are practising legally and here we have two people who thought they were a law unto themselves,” Bvudzijena said.
There was no information on the identity of the other two journalists detained.
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