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Prominent Zimbabwe journalist Hopewell Chin'ono arrested for the third time in six months

January 8, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Zimbabwean journalist and documentary filmmaker Hopewell Chin'ono (L) is present while police conduct a search of his offices in Harare July 21, 2020, at his home a day after he was arrested and charged with incitement to commit public violence. - Chin'ono and opposition politician Jacob Ngarivhume were the latest among several of President Emmerson Mnangagwa's critics to be arrested or have their homes raided and searched ahead of protests planned for July 31, 2020, with the aim to denounce state corruption. (Photo by Jekesai NJIKIZANA / AFP) (Photo by JEKESAI NJIKIZANA/AFP via Getty Images)

Zimbabwe journalist Hopewell Chin'ono has been arrested by police in the country for the third time in six months, his lawyer told CNN on Friday.

Harare (CNN)Prominent Zimbabwe journalist Hopewell Chin'ono has been arrested by police in the country for the third time in six months, his lawyer told CNN on Friday.

Mtisi Gift, from the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights said he is being charged with "peddling falsehoods," adding they are awaiting the full list of charges.

Earlier Friday, Chin'ono posted on his Twitter account that police had arrested him at home and wrote that he was being charged with "communicating falsehoods".

Chin'ono was granted bail in September 2020, after more than a month in prison, multiple court appearances where he was charged with inciting violence in July ahead of a planned anti-government protest -- a charge his lawyers deny.

As part of his stringent bail conditions, Chin'ono was banned from social media and is not allowed to leave the capital Harare as part of his stringent bail conditions.

The journalist last year investigated allegations of corruption relating to the procurement of Covid-19 supplies by the health ministry, according to Amnesty International which accused the Zimbabwe government of using state's security forces to silence critics.

President Mnangagwa later fired the Obadiah Moyo, the health minister at the center of Chin'ono's reports.

Doctors in Zimbabwe routinely complain of inadequate protective equipment in their fight against Covid-19 as cases surge and the country battles a new wave of infections.

After the Christmas holidays, Zimbabwe recorded an increase in Covid-19 infections and deaths, raising fears for an already fragile healthcare system.

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