Zimbabwe court rejects NYT journalist’s acquittal bid

A Zimbabwean court has dismissed a request by New York Times freelancer Jeffrey Moyo to be acquitted of charges of violating immigration rules.

Moyo’s lawyers had argued that the prosecution had failed to make its case.

The magistrate in Bulawayo, the second largest city in Zimbabwe, ruled that the journalist must defend himself against the criminal charges.

The two New York Times journalists, Christina Goldbaum and Joao Silva, were later deported. Moyo denies the charges and said the media cards were issued by the Zimbabwe Media Commission.

Journalists wanting to practise or cover news stories in Zimbabwe are required to first register with the state media regulator.

The trial will resume on April 28.

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