Thursday, April 3, 2008

Zimbabwe police arrest Pulitzer winner

Harare - A New York Times correspondent who has been covering Zimbabwe's elections was among two foreign journalists arrested on Thursday for operating without accreditation, police and the newspaper said.

National police spokesperson Wayne Bvudzijena said the pair had been picked up in a raid on the York Lodge, an upmarket guest house near the centre of the capital Harare, and were now being held in custody.

"I can only confirm that we have arrested two foreign journalists at York Lodge," Bvudzijena told AFP.

"They are being investigated for practising without accreditation.

"They were picked up early this evening and taken to police custody."

New York Times executive editor Bill Keller confirmed its correspondent Barry Bearak - who won a Pulitzer prize in 2002 for his reporting in war-torn Afghanistan - had been detained, but did not know where he was being held.
In other countries, you get arrested for irresponsible journalism.  In this country, you work for a 24 hour news channel.

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