Zimbabwe drops case against US journalist on Mugabe tweet
Written by Morenike Adebayo on January 4, 2018
A Zimbabwean court this morning set aside a case against an American journalist who was charged with insulting then-president Robert Mugabe on Twitter.
Martha O’Donovan was charged with subversion and insulting Mugabe in an alleged tweet in October that described the ageing leader as selfish and sick. Mugabe was toppled in November after a military takeover ended his thirty-seven-year rule.
The court dropped the case after prosecutors failed to meet a deadline to say when they would be ready to proceed with a trial. The arrest of O’Donovan and the seizure of her laptop in a dawn raid at her apartment came weeks after Mugabe appointed a cyber-security minister tasked with policing social media.
Mugabe’s former deputy Emmerson Mnangagwa abolished the portfolio when he appointed his own cabinet, which included former members of the military.