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Police Scrutinize Harare Operations of UK-Based Paper The Zimbabwean

Detectives visited the Harare office of the London-based paper The Zimbabwean on Tuesday to investigate the publication's operations, its publisher said.

Wilf Mbanga said officers from the Zimbabwe Republic Police law and order section expressed a particular interest in last week's issue, but would not say why.

The police intrusion comes as independent media organizations and journalists in Zimbabwe face criticism from Media and Information Commission chairman Tafataona Mahoso. He has demanded the Ministry of Information probe the Zimbabwe Union of Journalists, which he accuses of joining what he calls the “anti-Zimbabwe lobby.”

Mbanga, based in the United Kingdom while his paper is printed in South Africa, told reporter Carole Gombakomba of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe that he will continue to publish the truth about Zimbabwe whatever the pressure from authorities in Harare.

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