NUJ backs death threat reporter

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An exiled Zimbabwean journalist claims he will be killed if he is deported from the UK.

The NUJ has launched a campaign backing Adolf Mukandi, 36, a former bulletin editor with the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation. His application for asylum has been refused by the UK.

He said: “The government’s hatred of journalists is well documented, and it will be worse for me because as a former government journalist I was privy to most of the regime’s secrets.”

Mukundi, who lives in Slough, said he was forced to leave Zimbabwe after giving airtime to opposition party the Movement for Democratic Change.

NUJ Vice President Tim Lezard said: “Adolf is a journalist who has been forced to leave his home, his family, his job and his country because he dared to tell the truth.”

 The NUJ held a Christmas lobby to protest at the possible deportation of Pakistani journalist Mansoor Hassan in Manchester on 22 December.

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