Zimbabwe blocks bail for journalist

Zimbabwe's government is attempting to overrule a decision to grant bail to a journalist accused of writing a defamatory report on the upcoming elections.

Newspaper reporter Nqobani Ndlovu was arrested Thursday over a report that the police force was hiring war veterans to boost its ranks ahead of 2011 elections. The government suspended his bail order late Monday, which can keep him in custody for seven more days. The high court will rule on the appeal.

President Robert Mugabe's party was accused of torturing opposition supporters during the 2008 elections.

For the past decade, Zimbabwean journalists, particularly those working for independent publications, have faced arrest and harassment. A criminal defamation conviction can carry a penalty of up to two years' imprisonment.