This American Journalist Was Arrested For Allegedly Being Mean On Twitter
Martha O'Donovan, who works for a local television station, was arrested at dawn, her lawyers said, for allegedly sending out a tweet mocking Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe.
Zimbabwean police arrested an American journalist working in the country's capital on Friday, accusing her of mocking President Robert Mugabe on Twitter.
In their initial post, ZLHR — who have assigned one of their lawyers to defend O'Donovan — said that the police had arrested her for posting a tweet on her account that insulted Mugabe.
Her arrest is the first since Mugabe appointed a new "Minister for Cybersecurity" that activists immediately feared would be used to crackdown on online criticism.