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For Tweet Mocking Mugabe, New Jersey Woman Could Face 20 Years in Prison

For Tweet Mocking Mugabe, New Jersey
Woman Could Face 20 Years in Prison

April 12, 2023
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HARARE, Zimbabwe — A young American woman living in Zimbabwe will be tried on charges of attempting to overthrow the government of Zimbabwe with a tweet mocking President Robert Mugabe, the world’s oldest head of state.

The arrest of the woman, Martha O’Donovan, 25, has raised fears that the Zimbabwean government is stepping up efforts to control social media ahead of national elections in 2018. Mr. Mugabe, who will be 94 next year, is running for re-election despite his increasingly frail health.

 

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