BBC Presenter Arrested In Zimbabwe

Detained: Petroc Trelawny. Photo: Dailymail Zimbabwean police are holding a BBC presenter who was arrested while attending a music festival in the second city of Bulawayo.
Mr Petroc Trelwany (42) was charged with working without accreditation and is likely to be deported on Monday.
The classical music presenter for BBC Radio 3 and BBC 2 TV channel was arrested on Thursday night.

Bulawayo Music Festival director Bruce McDonald said Mr Trelwany had not been ill treated by police.

“He was detained at city hall right at the end of a performance involving 500 children,” Mr McDonald said.

“The hall was full to capacity – 800 to 1 000 people. There were no police. It was a gentleman from immigration who went up to him and said, ‘We’d like to see you.”


Last month, Mr Robin Hammond from New Zealand spent 25 days in a Zimbabwean jail after he was arrested for taking pictures in the border town of Beitbridge.

Zimbabwe requires foreign journalists intending to work in the country to seek permission from government prior to their visits.

Several journalists have been thrown out and major broadcasters such as CNN and BBC were only allowed back into the country after the formation of an inclusive government in 2009.
On Friday, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Ms Navanethem Pillay said she was concerned about the level of censorship in Zimbabwe.

She said the Zimbabwe Media Commission (ZMC), a statutory body responsible for licensing of newspapers, was more concerned about censorship than promoting freedom of expression.
“The Zimbabwe Media Commission has been receiving a lot of criticism,” Ms Pillay said at the end of a five day working visit to Zimbabwe.

I was very struck, during my meeting.

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