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Correspondent for British Paper Deported

May 17, 2003|From Times Wire Reports

Zimbabwe immigration officials deported a U.S. journalist accused of violating the country's stringent new media laws. Andrew Meldrum, 51, a native of Ohio, is a correspondent for the London-based Guardian newspaper who has lived in Zimbabwe for 23 years.

"This is not the action of a legitimate government," Meldrum shouted as police took him. A judge ordered Meldrum brought to a court hearing, but he was put on a flight to London anyway. He was acquitted last year on charges he published false information about Zimbabwe.

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