Zimbabwe artist faces trial over exhibit
Filed Under: Politics, World | Posted: 09/01/2010 at 6:50AM
Comments | Region: Zimbabwe
BY NANGAYI GUYSON IN KAMPALA UGANDA E. AFRICA
Bulawayo – An artist in Zimbabwe is facing trial next month for depicting scenes in his paintings of civilians being massacred by government troops, images that have now been banned under the country’s censorship laws. Attorney says
Police earlier this year shut down Owen Maseko’s exhibit and charged him with displaying "false statements" prejudicial to the state and faces a fine or imprisonment over depicting an armed uprising after Zimbabwe’s independence in 1980 when civilians were crushed by troops loyal to President Robert Mugabe. Attorney Lizwe Jamela said
The state censors’ board on Monday declared the exhibit banned for obscenity and ethnic bias.
He is expected to go to court mid-September