2 July 2015
Jailed Chiredzi- based freelance journalist Patrick Chitongo was on 2 July 2015 granted $200 bail by magistrate Tafadzwa Mhlanga pending his appeal against both sentence and conviction.
The magistrate ordered Chitongo to continue residing at his given address and to report to the police once every fortnight.
Chitongo was convicted of contravening Section 72 (1) of the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (AIPPA), which states: No person shall carry on or operate a mass media service without a valid registration certificate.
The offence arises from the publishing of three issues of an unregistered newspaper titled, the Southern Mirror.
He was subsequently sentenced to an effective eight months imprisonment following suspension of four months of the sentence on condition that he does not commit a similar offence in the next five years.
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