Zimbabwean journalist Hopewell Chin’ono says he will not apply for bail but challenge the law under which he is being charged.
In a statement he issued from Prison, Chinono said said he would rather stay in prison cells and head to the Constitutional Court to assert his rights and those of ordinary citizens.
In his statement he wrote:
I have a choice today to immediately apply for bail and go home, or to fight the constitutionality of the law used to charge me, and as a result, stay in prison for a couple more weeks whilst doing so.
I have chosen to fight the use of this unconstitutional law used against me. If I choose to take bail without exposing the use of unconstitutional laws, the same law will be used against other journalists and ordinary citizens to muzzle them, as has happened to Job Sikhala.
Chinono is being arrested for the third time in 6 months with charges of publishing or communicating false statements prejudicial to the State.