Martha O’Donovan, who works for Harare-based Magamba TV, has laptop confiscated and is transferred to central police station

Zimbabwean police have arrested a US citizen for allegedly insulting Robert Mugabe on Twitter, weeks after the president appointed a cybersecurity minister charged with policing social media.

Martha O’Donovan was detained on Friday morning, a US embassy spokesman told the Associated Press. Her lawyer, Obey Shava, said police had not yet charged her but claimed that “tweets emanating from her IT address are insulting to the president”.

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