Daily News to meet Mushunje in court

HARARE - Associated Newspapers of Zimbabwe (ANZ) — publishers of the market-leading Daily News, the Daily News on Sunday and the Weekend Post — have filed papers to defend a $1 million defamation lawsuit that model Tafadzwa Mushunje is launching against the company.

Mushunje’s legal action against ANZ follows the publication by the Daily News and other local media last month of formal State charges against her to the effect that she had allegedly infected her lover’s son with HIV — charges that were later withdrawn.

It is Mushunje’s contention that the Daily News’ reportage on the charges and court case, as accurate as this was, allegedly caused her damage to her reputation and dignity — necessitating recompense to the staggering tune of $1 million.

It could not be established yesterday whether Mushunje is also suing all the other media houses that reported on her case, and whether she is also suing the State that preferred the charges against her.

ANZ Group Editor Stanley Gama said Mushunje’s legal action was “surprising” given that court documents and proceedings, unless these are specifically prescribed by presiding officers, are public documents and occasions.

“This is the reason why we are rather flummoxed by the action, even as we respect her right to take this action. Of course, we will defend ourselves vigorously, and are happy to have this potentially epoch-making case mediated by the courts, as our report was not only fair but also accurately captured the State’s claims,” he said.

Comments (9)

She was probably deliberately misadvised by an influential person, such as a lawyer or law official, who desired to access her below the belt.

Gweta - 19 March 2016

Yu soiled her image.yu helped to soil her her brand.yu destroyd her future n yu made sales of yo paper.do yu expect her to just shut up.At least negotiate wth her ,for an out of ourt settlement.she deserves every penny becoz she was yo news unwillingly.Police reacted after reading yo story which was u balanced,very biased.so pay her.

viola gwena - 20 March 2016

newspapers are there to publish stories circulating in the country..of any nature..jus waiting to see if she can win this one, so she must even sue the police and the prison and correctional services,,

Rusununguko Zvidzai - 20 March 2016

umm quite interesting

Rusununguko Zvidzai - 20 March 2016

I do appreciate the fact that newspapers are there to publish news that are circulating in the country. however there is a need to investigate stories before putting them on paper. Worse still some of these guys they report as though there were there when the whole issue happened. There is a need to say its alleged not to say so and so did ................. as though they have the evidence.

felix - 21 March 2016

Very surprising indeed.I think she should sue the person who originally produced the message and accusations so that the public know that social media abuse is a crime and one can go down because of that!Otherwise if she is going to sue the media ,there is supposed to be the Herald,H-metro and many other media platforms on the list. The media did nothing wrong at all as they were only reporting the news.

Natasha - 21 March 2016

she is suing the wrong publication. the story was published by musvo Zimbabwe and she was even given the contact number of the source y dailynews and not all other papers that also picked the story from musvo zimbabwe

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Philip Mubaiwa - 21 March 2016

Unfortunately this lady has been misled. The story was written on the basis of court proceedings brought through her prosecution. Court charges or proceedings are for public consumption

Clive Gonese - 21 March 2016

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