New York, December 17, 2008--A journalist who disappeared in
photojournalist Shadreck Manyere disappeared after taking his car to a garage
in Norton, 19 miles (30 kilometers) west of
At 1 a.m. on Sunday,
men who said they were police officers went to the photojournalist's home in
Westgate, a suburb west of
"We believe that
Shadreck Manyere has been illegally abducted and is in the custody of
A spokesman for the national police, Oliver Mandipaka, told CPJ that he could not confirm whether Manyere was in police custody and would inquire into the matter. Police at Harare Central Police Headquarters told CPJ that they were unaware of Manyere's case.
More than 20 people have been abducted from their homes and offices over the past two weeks, according to international wire reports, including former TV news anchor and Zimbabwe Peace Project Director Jestina Mukoko. Suspected secret police raided Mukoko's home in Norton on December 3 and he has not been seen since, the reports said.
Local journalists described
the time during this year's presidential elections in May and June in