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Journalist's death probed as murder

April 07, 2007|From Times Wire Reports

Zimbabwe police said they had opened a murder investigation in the death of an independent journalist, and a lawyer said another reporter arrested under sweeping media laws had been assaulted and tortured.

A police spokesman said the body of Edward Chikombo, who left his job as a cameraman at government-run television in 2002, was found March 31 about 20 miles from his home in the Harare township of Glen View.

Journalist Gift Phiri, who spent nearly a week in custody, suffered a broken finger and other injuries in police assaults, his lawyer said.

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