South Africans held in ZimTue, 27 May 2008 12:05 AM
Three South African nationals have been arrested in southern
Zimbabwe after police found them with broadcasting equipment belonging
to Britain's Sky News, state television reported Tuesday.
"A vehicle has been impounded and three South African nationals
arrested at a roadblock in Mbalabala after a Sky News broadcasting kit
was discovered," the report said.
Provincial police spokesperson Ronald Muderedzwa said the three and
another suspect had been broadcasting illegally from a factory in the
second city of Bulawayo.
"They were unable to account properly on how they came in possession
of that equipment, but they said they had been sent by certain white
South Africans who are in Bulawayo.
"The equipment suggests that these people were running studio as Sky
News because all the gadgets they are labelled Sky News so our police
officers are now investigating the matter."
The report said the trio had tried to bribe the police, adding that
the equipment comprised satellite dishes, transmitters, laptops,
telephone handsets, audio and video tapes.
Zimbabwe authorities barred most foreign news organisations from
covering the joint presidential, parliamentary elections on 29 March and had warned they would deal severely with journalists who sneak into
However, a number of news organisations such as BBC, CNN, Sky News
have been filing reports on Zimbabwe using undercover journalists.
President Robert Mugabe's government passed a law on the eve of the
last presidential election in 2002 which has been invoked to expel
foreign correspondents and shut down at least four independent