Mark Chavunduka and Raymond Choto, Zimbabwe

Editor and senior writer, respectively, for the Sunday Standard, they were subjected to detention and torture for publishing what authorities claimed was "false information" that could lead to "fear and despondency". The two were seized by authorities after publishing a story about 23 disgruntled Zimbabwean soldiers who were arrested in December 1998 for attempting a coup. They were charged under the 1960 colonial Law and Order Maintenance Act. Chavunduka and Choto laid criminal charges for assault and torture, and launched a civil suit against the Zimbabwean police and military.
International Press Freedom Award
1999

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