Zimbabwe journalists mourn passing of editor Iden Wetherell

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HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwean journalists are praising Iden Wetherell, one of the country’s most principled and exacting editors, who died on Dec. 23 after a battle with Alzheimer’s. He was 73.

“He was one of the most tenacious journalists around, never afraid to speak truth to power even in the face of danger,” said Njabulo Ncube, national coordinator of Zimbabwe National Editors Forum, an organization Wetherell helped found in 2002.

Wetherell was “an unrelenting champion of media freedom,” said Dumisani Muleya, executive editor of News Hawks, an investigative journalism website.

“His deep knowledge of history and experience as a former student activist, exiled campaigner, university lecturer and hands-on media practitioner made him a valuable asset to Zimbabwe’s media,” said Muleya.

Muleya was a reporter at the Zimbabwe Independent when Wetherell was the paper’s editor…

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