Police in Zimbabwe charged an American lady over a twitter that seemed to insult President Robert Mugabe, her counsel has said.
Martha O’Donovan, 25, is indicted of referring to Mr Mugabe as “selfish male and ill man”, a assign she denies.
She faces charges of scornful a boss and plotting to overpower a government, her counsel told US media.
Her detain appears to be a initial of a kind given a country’s cyber method was combined final month.
The assign of plotting to overpower a supervision carries a limit chastisement of 20 years in prison.
Ms O’Donovan, who reportedly manages Magamba TV, an online-based satirical video outlet, was “arrested during a emergence raid during her Harare residence,” a Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) pronounced in a Facebook post.
Police credit her of tweeting: “We are being led by a greedy and ill man,” from a Twitter hoop @matigary, pronounced Obey Shava, a counsel with ZLHR who is representing her.
The twitter in question, antiquated 11 October, includes an painting of a male regulating a catheter, as good as a print of Mr Mugabe with a round drawn around his midsection.
The US embassy in Zimbabwe did not immediately lapse a ask for comment.
In a matter to military seen by a Reuters and Associated Press news agencies, Ms O’Donovan is pronounced to have denied “the allegations being leveled opposite me as groundless and malicious”.
ZLHR pronounced that Ms O’Donovan’s detain outlines a “first Twitter-related arrest” after a Zimbabwean supervision combined a Ministry of Cyber Security, Threat Detection and Mitigation final month.
Critics contend a new method is a supervision bid to moment down on amicable media users.
“This detain outlines a start of a sinister new section in a Zimbabwean government’s clampdown on leisure of speech, and a new bridgehead is amicable media,” pronounced Amnesty International’s emissary informal director, Muleya Mwananyanda.
Mr Mugabe, 93, has led Zimbabwe for a final 3 decades.
Last month, a World Health Organization (WHO) revoked his appointment as a goodwill envoy after a widespread cheer over tellurian rights concerns.